The Big Ten previews continue as the month of June rolls on, bringing long days and hot stormy weather (and the Phil Steele magazine, at long last). Week 1 usually provides no more than one or two big games for the conference to focus on, and 2013 is no exception.
However, an undefeated season must start with a first step, and the directional schools of Michigan, Illinois and New York will be those first steps this August. There may be no game with the flash of Michigan State—Boise State, or the star power of Alabama—Michigan, but that does not mean there will be all easy games on the schedule.
In fact, the Big Ten might just lose more than the two games that the conference lost in the opening weekend last year (Penn State to Ohio, Michigan to Alabama). Let's take an early look at how the teams will fare in the opening weekend to close the month of August and bring back college football.