Big Ten Rewind: Week One

We take a quick look around the conference to see how each team fared following all the games from the weekend.

The Big Ten finished the weekend going 10-2 overall in non-conference play. There were a few surprises along the way but most games went as expected.

Minnesota – Yes, I know the Gophers lost the game. Nevertheless, they played a BCS team on the road all the way to the wire. We expect there to be a drop in the weeks to come by the Gophers, however, Jerry Kill had his team ready and they played hard until the final whistle blew. The was the hardest game for any Big Ten program and you have to give Kill credit for having his team ready to battle the Trojans. Next Game: New Mexico State

Northwestern – With a back-up quarterback at the helm, Northwestern battled Boston College to a 24-17 victory on the road. Kalin Colter threw for 199 yards and ran for 71 more with a touchdown in the win. The Wildcats may not stay up high in future power polls, however, they did play a BCS program on the road in week one and deserve to be rewarded. Next Game: Eastern Illinois

Michigan – Brady Hoke got a 34-10 victory in his debut as the Wolverines head coach over instate foe Western Michigan. The game was called with 1:27 left due to weather. It was no surprise Denard Robinson led the Wolverines offensive attack on the day. The big plays came from linebacker Brandon Herron who returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown and a fumble for a score. Did someone write Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder was the best college signal caller in the state of Michigan? Next Game: Notre Dame

Wisconsin – The Badgers scored a 51-17 victory over UNLV in Russell Wilson's first start in a Badgers uniform. The former North Carolina State quarterback led the Badgers on six scoring drives in the first half. Next Game: Oregon State

Nebraska – The Huskers first game as a member of the Big Ten was a 40-7 blowout of Chattanooga. Quarterback Taylor Martinez posted 134 yards rushing a scored three touchdowns in the win. Next Game: Fresno State

Ohio State – The Buckeyes won and showed the world a tight end can do more than block as Jake Stoneburner became the first tight end in school history to catch three touchdown passes in a game. Joe Bauserman got the start at quarterback and showed well while freshman Braxton Miller got some reps to help his early development. The defense was strong against an Akron team lacking the tools to be competitive. Next Game: Toledo

Michigan State – The Spartans played well on defense and senior wide receiver B.J. Cunningham caught nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. The nine catches moved him into a tie for first on the Spartans career receptions list. Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins looked solid going 18 of 22 for 237 yards and one touchdown on the night. There were mistakes that need to be fixed for the Spartans to be considered strong enough to fight for another Big Ten title in 2011. Next Game: Florida Atlantic

Iowa – Vanderberg to McNutt was heard a lot on Saturday as the quarterback and receiver connected six times for 142 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-7 victory over Tennessee Tech. Next Game: Iowa State

Penn State – The Nittany Lions played two quarterbacks in their run dominated 41-7 victory over FCS program Indiana State on Saturday. Chaz Powell started the Nittany Lions on the right track with a 95-yard opening kickoff for a score and then watched as Silas Redd rushed for two scores and 104 yards. Next week we'll learn just how good PSU is. Next Game: Alabama (Ranked: #2)

Illinois – With two receivers posting 100-yard days, Illinois started slow before pulling away from Arkansas State 35-15. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase had a solid day throwing for a career-best 267 yards. The pressure is on Ron Zook and next week should see a second victory posted by the Illini. Next Game: South Dakota State

Purdue – The Boilermakers did not look good in their 27-24 victory against a pesky Middle Tennessee State team. Talk of a coaching change may not be too far off in the distance if things continue. Next Game: @ Rice

Indiana – Kevin Wilson did not fare well in his head coaching debut falling to instate foe Ball State 27-20. After a fast start, Wilson watched his team's offense stall as the defense couldn't stop the Cardinals. Next Game: Virginia


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