Big Ten in Review: The top 10 stories of Week 1

Football is back. Everyone has to be thrilled about that, right? The Big Ten went 10-2 in the opening week of the season, including Michigan State’s comeback win over ranked Boise State. See’s top 10 stories from a newsworthy last seven days in this post.

And don’t forget to check us out on football Saturdays. We’ve got some fun stuff, including BTN Connect, BTNRewardsU, live scoreboard, and quarter-by-quarter updates during games. Look back at this week’s games: Alabama 41, Michigan 14; Illinois 24, W. Michigan 7; Indiana 24, Indiana State 17; Iowa 18, N. Illinois 17; Michigan State 17, Boise State 13; Minnesota 30, UNLV 27 (3 OT); Nebraska 49, Southern Miss 20; Northwestern 42, Syracuse 41; Ohio 24, Penn State 14; Ohio State 56, Miami (OH) 10; Purdue 48, E. Kentucky 6; Wisconsin 26, N. Iowa 21.

Now let’s get to the list.

10. Did You See This? Braxton Miller takes it to the house
Braxton Miller is still a work in progress as a passer. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with his running. Miller showcased his ground skills throughout Saturday’s season opener against Miami (OH), and at no point were they more apparent than on his 65-yard scoring scamper to open the third quarter. Miller ran past defenders, and then used a strong stutter-step to get his way past the last couple of defenders and into the end zone to give Ohio State a 28-3 lead.

9. Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 1
Week 1 is in the books. The Big Ten compiled a 10-2 record on the opening weekend, with Michigan and Penn State suffering the lone hiccups. But what did I learn from the first week of action? As I will do every Sunday morning during the college football, I share the five things I learned from that week’s games. I learned a lot from Week 1, none bigger than Michigan and Brady Hoke have some work to do. See all five things in this post.

8. 1st Quarter Recap: Miami (OH) 3, Ohio State 0
The two teams combined for more punts than points in a slow first quarter and Miami (OH) leads 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. There were six punts in the quarter as neither team could find a way to move the ball. The RedHawks held No. 18 Ohio State to just five yards passing during the quarter.

7. Dienhart: Week 1 to answer my Big Ten questions
This is the first edition of a new weekly post where I will look at one key question for each team in a piece called: 12 Teams, 12 Questions. I’ll roll these out every Tuesday and look forward to hearing what you think about your team and your team’s games.

6. Before we get started: 2012 B1G football predictions
With the 2012 college football season kicking off Thursday, it’s time to offer my quick predictions. Where will each team finish in the Big Ten standings? I offer my best guesses. Who are some likely breakout players? I mention a few candidates. And who will hoist the hardware at the second annual Big Ten title game? I see history repeating itself.

5. Let the Big Ten football predictions begin
The 2012 Big Ten football season kicks off with Minnesota visiting UNLV late Thursday night. The Week 1 slate continues Friday, as Michigan State takes on always dangerous Boise State, and wraps up Saturday with the conference’s remaining 10 games, including Michigan battling reigning national champ Alabama.

4. Dienhart: Bell, Spartans top B1G Power Rankings
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for my weekly Big Ten Power Rankings. Where does your Big Ten team fall on my list following Week 1 action? See in this post. Disagree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post or tweet me @BTNTomDienhart.

3. Dienhart: My preseason Big Ten Bowl Projections
The first week of the season is here! Optimism runs high across the nation, as bowl dreams dance in the minds of fans and coaches from across the Big Ten. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has just 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are banned from the postseason in 2011.

2. Did You See This? Devin Smith’s one-handed TD grab
Pardon the hyperbole, but there may not be a better catch all season long than the one Ohio State’s Devin Smith made in Saturday’s season opener against Miami (OH). Early in the second quarter, with Ohio State trailing Miami (OH), Smith gave the Buckeyes the lead with an incredible one-handed touchdown grab. Watch Smith use nothing but his right hand to bring down Braxton Miller’s 23-yard touchdown pass right now.

1. Nike tweaks Purdue’s logo
According to The Exponent, Purdue will have a new logo in the coming months. Like the old one, it still features the train, only with a few tweaks, recommended by Nike.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (6 Comments)
jamielynnatl on 9/3/2012 @ 12:05pm EDT Said:

Are you doing a “career-to-date” ranking or a weekly ranking? Which is it? You can’t have it both ways. staff on 9/3/2012 @ 12:34pm EDT Said:

    This post is simply listing our most popular posts from last week. No more, no less. Thanks.

Dave Opperman on 9/3/2012 @ 3:17pm EDT Said:

What’s your problem Big Ten Network? Let’s see some other games. You show OSU,NE & MSU forever and these were mainstream televised games. WI/UNI-great game. IND showed great offense. MN in 3 OTs. Best game of the week: NWTRN/SYC!! Come on!! You’re getting as mediocre as ESPN. staff on 9/3/2012 @ 3:27pm EDT Said:

    Dave, agreed. Lots of great games. Wisconsin was live on BTN as was Indiana. It’s hard to tell her, but we’re going to assume you wanted to see Northwestern vs. Syracuse on BTN, is that right? If so, it’s good to know that each season the Big Ten Conference divides its home games between its television partners, including BTN, ESPN and ABC in football, and BTN, ESPN and CBS for men’s basketball, ensuring that all Big Ten home football and men’s basketball games are televised to a national audience. BTN has the rights to HOME Big Ten games. The Northwestern game, of course, was at Syracuse. We did cover it online and posted video highlights once the game was completed. On TV we know we showed highlights and Dave revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith all broke it down, as they do for each Big Ten game. Hope that helps. Let us know if it didn’t. And you’re always welcome to file a note with our BTN Customer Service team.

ELAINE CARNEY on 9/4/2012 @ 8:58am EDT Said:

Agree with Dave above. BTN replayed some games on Sunday and Monday ad nauseum (for example your “best match up” game) and nothing on others that were live BTN games on Saturday. Understand no replay for some games that originally aired live on your television partners but what is up with selective replay of ones that were your live games (compare replay of MSU game versus UW game). staff on 9/4/2012 @ 11:02am EDT Said:

    Elaine, select Saturday games will replay throughout this week in the slots entitled “B1G Football in 60.” You can find those on our TV schedule. If you need more information, you can contact BTN Customer Service.