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