As if you have not heard this before—"Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska!"
It was a rude invite for Nebraskans, traveling to Camp Randall to play Wisconsin in their backyard under the lights with thousands of Badger fans taunting Cornhusker magic.
But take heart, Cornhuskers, because next week you get to welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes into your own Husker Hornet’s nest—an Ohio State team that stands now as a shadow of its former self.
True, the Buckeyes will replenish some key positions with returning players suspended for the first five games, but Terrelle Pryor will not be among them. OSU is hurting on offense—their timing is off and their confidence nonexistent.
Michigan State barely managed to get past Ohio State but the Spartans did hang on to win on the road in the Horseshoe, no less. Still, you must admit that Michigan State looked less than impressive.
In the meantime, Penn State hung on to win on the road against Indiana. That means only one of two things—either Indiana is suddenly very, very good or it is going to be another long Penn State season.
Illinois managed to squeeze past Northwestern with Dan Persa once again back in the Wildcat’s pocket. That is something the rest of the league must have noted as well. Persa is hard to ignore.
More importantly, however, Illinois is now 5-0.
In Ann Arbor, Minnesota could not get up off the ground in their game against an on-fire Denard Robinson as Michigan begins their season 5-0, just like last year.
Purdue could not contain Notre Dame—not even at home. The Boilers lost.
Finally, the Iowa Hawkeyes were idle.
So at the end of the first week of conference showdowns, who leads the way in a fresh new season of Big Ten conference play?