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Week 2 Football Power Rankings

Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. One week in the books, the conference is 10-2, with the two defeats coming by a combined nine points. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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Best of the Best: Week 1 Recap

Every week during the fall, BTN web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Enjoy the season’s first installment of the weekly recap. Also, watch Mike Wolf’s Week 1 Wrap-up Podcast now.

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Ball State Knocks Off Indiana

(AP) Keith Wenning threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score Saturday, giving Ball State a 27-20 upset of Indiana. Wenning was 23 of 29 and ran for 61 yards, including a key first down late to help the Cardinals win their second straight over Indiana. The teams last met in 2008. Ball State rushed for 210 yards in coach Pete Lembo’s debut. Ball State trailed 17-14 at halftime, but tied it on a 38-yard field goal just after the break and took the lead on a perfect 20-yard pass from Wenning to Connor Ryan in the corner of the end zone late in the third quarter. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Nebraska Runs Past UTC, 40-7

(AP) Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns out of Nebraska’s new no-huddle offense and the No. 10 Cornhuskers beat Chattanooga 40-7 Saturday in their first game as Big Ten members. Rex Burkhead added 75 yards and a touchdown as the Cornhuskers won their 26th consecutive opener, the longest streak in the nation. Martinez scored on runs of 7, 43 and 47 yards and completed 11 of 22 passes for 116 yards. The Mocs of the FCS scored their only points when Marlon Anthony caught a 13-yard pass from B.J. Coleman after cornerback Andrew Green fell. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Lightning, WMU Can't Stop Michigan

(AP) Michigan has beaten Western Michigan 34-10 in a game stopped late in the third quarter because of lightning. Both schools agreed to cancel the game with 1:27 left in the third during a second weather delay. The Wolverines won Brady Hoke’s debut with linebacker Brandon Herron returning an interception 94 yards for a touchdown and scoring again on a fumble return. Fitzgerald Toussaint had 11 carries for 80 yards and ran for two TDs. Denard Robinson was 9 of 13 for 98 yards and ran eight times for 46 yards, making him the team’s third-leading rusher in the game. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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USC Holds Off Minnesota, 19-17

(AP) Robert Woods caught a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 25 Southern California hung on to spoil Jerry Kill’s coaching debut for Minnesota in a 19-17 victory Saturday. Matt Barkley completed a school-record 34 passes for 304 yards for the Trojans, who still couldn’t score in the second half of their 14th consecutive season-opening victory. Freshman quarterback Max Shortell came off the Gophers’ bench in the fourth quarter and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Brandon Green with 8:03 to play, but Torin Harris intercepted his pass near midfield with 53 seconds to play. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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