Big Ten Football: Five Teams In Week One Associated Press Top 25

By Will Wilson

During week one of the college football season the Big Ten football teams went 10-2 and showed that there is much room for improvement. There weren’t too many surprises and for the most part a lot of the players and teams we thought would shine ended up shining.

The Associated Press released its Top 25 for Week One and five Big Ten squads made the poll. The big dogs of Alabama, USC and LSU round out the top three as all took care of business this past weekend.

Those among the Big Ten who made the Top 25 are No. 11 Michigan State, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 19 Michigan who got pummeled 41-14 by No. 1 Alabama.

We saw Michigan and Wisconsin drop a few spots while the rest of the three moved up slightly. After this coming weekend, we should see each team take a jump as they’ll all be the favorite against their week two opponents. We may even see Purdue jump into the rankings if they upset No. 22 Notre Dame in South Bend.

Michigan didn’t do itself nor the Big Ten any favors by getting throttled against the Tide. It was their chance to show everyone they were back amongst the elite in college football and that the Big Ten conference wasn’t to be taken lightly anymore. Wisconsin looked half asleep in their game against Northern Iowa. The Badgers secondary was slightly exposed but Montee Ball still got his and escaped with a 26-21 win.

Michigan State let Le’Veon Bell carry them passed Boise State as new starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw three picks. And Ohio State did what they needed to do against Miami (OH) as Braxton Miller rushed for 161 yards and threw for 207.

Nebraska posted one of the more surprising games of the weekend. Not because of the score but because quarterback Taylor Martinez learned how to throw the football. After heavy criticism of whether he could be a productive passer, Martinez delivered with 5 td’s and 354 yards through the air.

OTHER NOTES: Illinois defense is strong but showed it lacks the ability to separate from its opponents. Purdue could make some noise this season. Northwestern still can’t close out games. Indiana survived a scare against FCS Indiana State. Minnesota did just enough to edge UNLV. Iowa prevailed in a boring game at Solider Field against Northern Illinois. Penn State will severely struggle this season and maybe for awhile.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

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