The Weekend In B1G: Week One

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana scored a lot of points, Nebraska was nearly upset and the Illini started off 2013 with a win.

The Big Ten went 10-2 as a conference in week one of the college football season. The SEC went 10-4. B1G>SEC. It's undeniable.

We all know what happened with the Illini's game. What happened to our fellow Big Ten-ers?

Indiana 73 Indiana State 35

We knew Indiana can score points, but their main problem is stopping the other team. Giving up 35 points to Indiana State is not a good sign. The Hoosier's offense may be their best defense.

Minnesota 51 UNLV 23

The Gophers were only up 16-13 at the start of the second half. Then Minnesota returned the 2nd half opening kickoff for a touchdown, and ended up with 35 second half points to pull away from UNLV.

Sidenote, Jerry Kill still looks just like a gopher. It will always be awesome.

Imgres

Michigan State 26 Western Michigan 13

I expected a lot more out of the Spartans. The Spartans passing attack was terrible and it must improve if they are going to compete for anything in the Big Ten.

Northern Illinois 30 Iowa 27

Plenty of folks are giving Iowa a lot of grief about losing this game, but Northern Illinois is a damn good team. They went to a BCS bowl last season. This is not a bad loss for Iowa.

More importantly, a woman was arrested at the game, and later blew a .341. Iowa goes hard.

Cincinnati 42 Purdue 7

See I would make fun of Purdue for this, but I know we are playing Cincinnati next week and the very same may happen to us.

The Bearcats ran for 221 yards, and had four different players rush for a touchdown. Our defensive line better step it up on Saturday.

Wisconsin 45 UMass 0

The Badgers threw the only shutout of the weekend for the Big Ten. Three different Badgers ran for 100 yards. The more things change...

Ohio State 40 Buffalo 20

The Bucks were up 23-0 after the first quarter, but they weren't able to dominate the rest of the way, with Buffalo outscoring Ohio St 20-17 over the final three quarters. Braxton Miller was dealing with cramps, and didn't have his best day. Jordan Hall was fantastic, running the ball 21 times for 159 yards and a score.

Nebraska 37 Wyoming 34

How great would this have been? I have nothing against the Huskers. In fact, their fans are some of the nicest I've met. The thing is, Bo Pelini is just an asshole. I would have loved to see the Polks pull this one out. Brett Smith is legit y'all.

I just want to know, when is Nebraska going to "Blackshirt" another horrible defense?

Michigan 59 Central Michigan 9

Devin Gardner threw two interceptions and that's all that really went wrong for Michigan Saturday. They may be able to make a title run this season, provided the defense steps up and Gardner can become a top QB.

Penn State 23 Syracuse 17

Christian Hackenberg had a very solid debut, completing 23/31 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns against a quality opponent. He did throw two interceptions, but this was still a very nice start for the true freshman.

Northwestern 44 California 30

Kain Colter went out early with a concussion. Trevor Siemian came in to replace Colter and played well enough. Venric Mark was a non-factor as well, but it didn't matter thanks to two pick-sixes by Collin Ellis and Treyvon Green's great rushing night. Those performances allowed the Wildcats to open the season with a win on the road, with their two best offensive players not contributing. It's a good sign for them moving forward.

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