Penn State, which tied Ohio State for the league championship last season, is starting out behind the 8-ball after losing its conference opener at home to Iowa. Likewise for Michigan State, last year's third-place team, who lost at Wisconsin and is 1-3 to start the season for the first time since 1998.
Michigan and Minnesota could be considered overachievers at this point, Illinois and Northwestern could be considered underachievers, and the remainder of the teams fit somewhere in between.
Here is a quick look at the Big Ten schools, in early conference standings order, and how they rank compared to preseason forecasts.
Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Day Blog: Oct. 2.