While you might have missed it on Sunday, Marshall beat Purdue by scoring a pair of touchdowns in the last five minutes of the game, including a pick-six as the Boilermakers were trying to come back and win. With Ohio State's win at Virginia Tech on Monday night, the Big Ten's week one record against FBS teams climbed to a disappointing 4-6.
Utah over Michigan
TCU over Minnesota
Temple over Penn State
BYU over Nebraska
Alabama over Wisconsin
Marshall over Purdue
Some of these losses are embarrassing for the conference. The SEC had South Carolina beat UNC, Auburn beat Louisville, Alabama beat Wisconsin, unranked Texas A&M beat a top-15 Arizona State team, and Mississippi State beat Southern Miss. Teams like Georgia and Ole Miss crushed opponents like Louisiana Monroe and Tennessee-Martin. The conference lost only one game. Vanderbilt fell to Western Kentucky 14-12 when Vandy couldn't convert a two-point attempt on the final play of the game.
That's how it is supposed to go for the top conference in college football. If the Big Ten wants to be the best, it has to start winning these non-conference match-ups.
Big Ten East
The East lost some luster last week. Michigan did not play well. Penn State lost to Temple for the first time since 1941. Michigan State had a little trouble putting away Western Michigan. Indiana almost lost to Southern Illinois. Rutgers was in a battle with Norfolk State before Leonte Carroo took the field. Ohio State looked the best by far and even they were trailing at one point.
1. Ohio State (1-0)
Not a hard choice. The Buckeyes are the consensus number one team in the country. They beat Virginia Tech on the road in prime time and now will take a break against Hawaii next week.
2. Michigan State (1-0)
Michigan State struggled to score late against Western Michigan. The Spartans were up 27-7 in the second quarter but WMU put together two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to make it close. If you are Michigan State, 37-24 isn't an acceptable score against Western Michigan when you are ranked fifth in the country and you are playing at home.
A huge non-conference battle with College Football Playoff implications looms as the Oregon Ducks come to East Lansing on Saturday night for a prime-time game under the lights.
3. Maryland (1-0)
The Terps were able to grind down the Richmond Spiders 50-21 but now they will have a bigger test on their hands in Bowling Green. Bowling Green was able to put up 30 points on Tennessee on the road. Not an easy feat. They did lose the game by 29. Maryland counters with Will Likely and an improved running game that will hopefully give their defense some rest against the Falcons' potent attack.
Maryland led Richmond 10-7 after the first quarter and 22-14 at the half. That's simply not acceptable if Maryland wants to be a perennial top-25 program. It will not look good for the conference if Maryland drops this game next week.
4. Rutgers (1-0)
Rutgers led 21-13 at halftime against Norfolk State. That is also unacceptable for a Big Ten program. Thankfully, Leonte Carroo came back from his suspension to score three touchdowns and breathe life into the Rutgers offense.
Washington State is normally known for their high-powered offense but after losing to Portland State, in what was one of the greatest statistical upsets of the last decade in college football, that match-up doesn't look so scary for the Scarlet Knights.
5. Michigan (0-1)
Michigan didn't lose to Utah by a lot of points but they didn't look very good. The Wolverines had chances to win and couldn't get it done. They were undone by a pick-six and Jake Rudock doesn't look like a quarterback that can beat you down the field. If Michigan is going to win games this year, it will be with their defense, their run-game and short, 6-15 yard passes.
Oregon State has a new head coach and didn't really impress in a win against Weber State. Michigan should be favored to win this game by a couple of scores. Michigan needs to win this game. Period.
6. Indiana (1-0)
After beating Southern Illinois in a shoot-out 48-47, the Hoosiers get FIU, who beat UCF when the Golden Knights missed a last-second field goal.
FIU isn't an easy opponent but they aren't a particularly difficult one either. If Indiana can put up a lot of points and get the win, they might be the third or fourth best team in this top-heavy division.
7. Penn State (0-1)
(Laughing hysterically) Christian Hackenberg was sacked 10 times against Temple, including once on a two-man rush. The Nittany Lions just lost their best linebacker, who was second on the team in tackles last season, for the rest of the year. They lost to the Owls for the first time since World War II.
If Buffalo beats Penn State in Happy Valley in their day game, grab your pitchforks.
Big Ten West
As uninspiring as week one was for the Big Ten East, it was just as disappointing a week for the Big Ten West. The West went 3-4 as a division. The lone bright spot was Northwestern's upset of a ranked Stanford squad. The last time that Northwestern beat a ranked team to open the year was 1995, the year they went to the Rose Bowl.
1. Wisconsin (0-1)
I still think that Wisconsin has the most talent in the division. They lost to a top-five team that makes really good teams look really bad. That's what Alabama does. The most troubling statistic to me was that the Badgers only had 40 rushing yards. Corey Clement might be dinged up and that would be a big loss if he isn't at 100 percent going into Big Ten play.
Miami of Ohio won't roll over for them this week but they will be a heck of a lot easier than Alabama.
2. Minnesota (0-1)
The Golden Gophers nearly knocked off TCU. They had opportunities and just couldn't get it done. Their defense looked good and they played hard the whole game against a top-three team. They will absolutely contend for the Big Ten West with Wisconsin.
Minnesota travels to Colorado State this week. Their coach left to take the Florida job but the offense can still put up points. Minnesota will have to stay focused.
3. Nebraska (0-1)
Losing on a Hail Mary to BYU's back-up quarterback is a little absurd but Nebraska still has one of the better quarterbacks in the division and they held BYU to under 30 points until that final play. Mike Riley's Nebraska coaching debut could have been better.
The Huskers will beat up on South Alabama this week.
4. Northwestern (1-0)
Some love for the Wildcats! Northwestern played great defense against one of the country's better quarterbacks who played like he wasn't a very good quarterback. Northwestern was able to keep Stanford at bay at the line of scrimmage and they showed that they have a defense capable of winning a bunch of games this season.
It would be a huge letdown if Northwestern lost to Eastern Illinois this week. I don't think it will happen.
5. Iowa (1-0)
The Hawkeyes beat Illinois State by 17. I'm not impressed.
They travel to Ames to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. ISU is coming off of a 31-7 win against Northern Iowa. The in-state rivalry is always fun but this is another game that the Big Ten, and Iowa specifically, can ill afford to lose.
6. Illinois (1-0)
Illinois put up huge numbers against Kent State but I still don't know how Beckman's firing will affect this team long-term.
Illinois has an easy game this week with Western Illinois coming to town.
7. Purdue (0-1)
The offense has improved but that was a tough loss to stomach if you are the Boilermakers. Two touchdowns in the final five minutes, including a pick-six.
Not a good start at all but Purdue will look to put that behind them as they take on Indiana State.