There were some mighty exciting games during Week 2 of the Big Ten season.
Nebraska stormed back to defeat Ohio State after being down by 21 points early in the second half. It was a bitter disappointment for the Buckeyes but saved the Cornhuskers from Big Ten oblivion.
Penn State escaped Iowa in a “down in the trenches” slug fest—an ugly game but a beautiful ending for residents of Happy Valley. Losing to the Hawkeyes had become an annual thorn in the collective Nittany Lion paw. Nothing felt better for Penn State fans than ridding themselves of that irritation.
Illinois upended Indiana after a slow start while Northwestern looked good in the first half against Michigan but fell hard in the end.
Meanwhile Purdue stormed out to an early lead 24-0 lead over the Gophers in the first quarter—ending up ahead 31-3 at the half. Minnesota made it respectable, closing out the game 45-17. But it was still a long afternoon for the Gophers.
This article focuses on the most recent action and not the polls. Idle teams fall temporarily through no fault of their own. In the end, it all evens out.
Here is where the Big Ten teams stand after the second week and prior to Big Ten action in Week 3.