Week 2 is here, and questions loom for each team following the opening weekend. Can Indiana score more? Will Rex Burkhead play? Those are just a few of the pressing questions I have for each school as we head toward Saturday. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week. Also @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online Tuesday mornings.
The latest Coaches’ Poll came out Tuesday, two days later than it will the rest of the season due to opening-weekend games on Sunday and Monday, and four Big Ten teams remain ranked. Michigan, which lost to reigning national champ Alabama, fell from No. 8 to No. 19. No. 11 Michigan State paces the Big Ten in the poll, while No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 14 Nebraska round out the Big Ten contingent. Ohio State, which is ranked No. 14 in the AP poll, is not eligible for the Coaches’ Poll.
There were a lot of positive things from Nebraska’s 49-20 win over Southern Miss. But special teams? Well, some adjustments are coming. A big issue was a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The good for the Huskers, according to special teams coach Ross Els: These things can be fixed. That’s good, because this could be a special season in Lincoln.
If you watched Nebraska’s season-opening trouncing of Southern Miss on Saturday and thought the Huskers looked different, you were right. For the first time since the 1980s, according to @HuskerExtraBC, Nebraska wore white shoes and socks in favor of their customary black ones. It was a minor tweak, but one Nebraska fans noticed.
Rick Pizzo, Tom Doyle and Derek Rackley are back for another season of “The Big Ten Pulse.” Tonight at 6:30 p.m. our crew looks at Michigan State’s big opening win over a Top 25 team, thanks in large part to Le’Veon Bell. Also, we discuss Urban Meyer’s debut and how he may have found another great QB in Braxton Miller. Other segments will include the “Who Ya Got?” questions with topics ranging from “Better First Career Start” to “More Fantastic Finish.”
One week is in the books, but not much has changed in my Big Ten bowl projections (posted here every Monday). Remember: 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 2012.