One week is in the books. And it was a successful one for the Big Ten, which was handed just two non-conference defeats (Rutgers vs. No. 8 Washington & Purdue vs. No. 16 Louisville) and had two big wins by Michigan and Maryland. Here is a look at the Best of Week 1.
Nothing changes near the top of BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But Maryland is upwardly mobile after that eye-popping win at No. 23 Texas.
Week 1 came and went with one upset, as Maryland toppled No. 23 Texas, 51-41, in Austin, Texas. See how BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and Big Ten fans fared on their Week 1 game predictions below.
Nebraska needed a stop on the game's final play Saturday to seal a 43-36 victory over Arkansas State in the Huskers' home opener.
Purdue gave Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and No. 16 Louisville all they could handle in Indianapolis, but the Cardinals escaped with a 35-28 victory.
In the end, all the secretiveness about the Michigan roster and who would be the quarterback didn’t matter. The Wolverines were supposed to take care of suspended-laden Florida. And, they did--with ease. Jim Harbaugh probably could have given the Gators his playbook and it wouldn't have mattered.
Quinn Nordin became the first Michigan kicker to make two 50-yard field goals in the same game, one of them in a quick go-ahead spurt after halftime, and the 11th-ranked Wolverines won 33-17 Saturday to hand 17th-ranked Florida its first season-opening loss in nearly three decades.
Quarterback Clayton Thorson scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes and Northwestern beat Nevada 31-20 in Saturday's opener for both teams.
Illinois won its 20th consecutive home opener Saturday, narrowly escaping Ball State with a 24-21 comeback victory.
Maryland coach DJ Durkin couldn’t help but crack a smile. You would grin, too, if you were a second-year coach of one of the nation’s fastest-rising programs who just made toast of Texas.