Ohio State – This is what the rest of the conference was scared of. The Urban Meyer era got off to a great start against an overmatched Miami (OH) squad, and QB Braxton Miller looks like the perfect fit in Meyer’s offense.
Michigan State – Beating Boise State is no small task, and while QB Andrew Maxwell struggled in his debut, the Spartans still found a way to close the game out with a W. RB Le’Veon Bell simply could not be stopped in the second half, and looks like one of the best backs in the country.
Nebraska – QB Taylor Martinez has had productive days through the air like this before, but he has never looked as good doing it. With improved mechanics and confidence in his third year as a starter, Nebraska could make a run at the Big 10 championship.
Wisconsin – The Badgers were not supposed to struggle this much. Although they escaped their battle with Northern Iowa with a win, they do not appear to be the team they were a season ago. Fortunately, they have time to figure it out.
Michigan – The worst possible way for the Wolverines to start the year, as they were thoroughly outclassed by ‘Bama. Brady Hoke still has a talented squad to work with, but they will have to rediscover their confidence after the mess in Arlington.
Purdue – Eastern Kentucky is hardly an accurate measuring stick, but Purdue looked very impressive in a dominant 48-6 victory. They may have a bit of a QB controversy brewing with the big game by the long-forgotten Robert Marve.
Illinois – The Fighting Illini beat a good Western Michigan squad to start the season, but the biggest concern to come out of the game was the injury to QB Nathan Scheelhaase. New coach Tim Beckman has to be impressed with the defensive effort his team put up.
Northwestern – The Wildcats nearly blew a huge lead to Syracuse, but were bailed out by what looks like an explosive offense. Pat Fitzgerald cannot be happy with the way the defense performed in the second half.
Iowa – The Hawkeyes defense looked very sharp against Northern Illinois, but with James Vandenberg and the offense struggling so much, the D had to step up in a big way. Vandenberg’s 3.9 yards per attempt needs to go up dramatically.
Minnesota – The Gophers managed to outlast the Rebels on the road, winning 30-27 in the third overtime. The defense made a number of key plays to win the turnover battle.
Penn State – It is hard to imagine that the Nittany Lions could be the worst team in the conference, but after being defeated by Ohio, expectations have to be scaled back. It looks like it is going to be a long year for Bill O’Brien and Penn State.
Indiana – A win is a win, but the Hoosiers are going to need more than a one-touchdown victory over Indiana State to prove that they are improved from the team that went 1-11 last year.
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