Jim Rossow's Big Ten Insider

Standings

LEADERS DIVISION

TEAM LEAGUE OVERALL

Illinois 0 0 1 0

Indiana 0 0 1 0

Ohio State 0 0 1 0

Purdue 0 0 1 0

Wisconsin 0 0 1 0

Penn State 0 0 0 1

LEGENDS DIVISION

Iowa 0 0 1 0

Michigan State 0 0 1 0

Minnesota 0 0 1 0

Nebraska 0 0 1 0

Northwestern 0 0 1 0

Michigan 0 0 0 1

THURSDAY'S RESULT

Minnesota 30, UNLV 27 (3OT)

FRIDAY'S RESULT

Michigan State 17, Boise State 13

SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Illinois 24 Western Michigan 7

Northwestern 42 Syracuse 41

Ohio State 56 Miami (Ohio) 10

Ohio 24 Penn State 14

Nebraska 49 Southern Miss 20

Iowa 18 Northern Illinois 17

Wisconsin 26 Northern Iowa 21

Purdue 48 E. Kentucky 6

Indiana 24 Indiana State 17

Alabama 41 Michigan 14

NEXT SATURDAY'S GAMES

Illinois at Arizona State 9:30 p.m.

Central Florida at Ohio State 11 a.m.

Penn State at Virginia 11 a.m.

Purdue at Notre Dame 2:30 p.m.

Iowa State at Iowa 2:30 p.m.

Air Force at Michigan 2:30 p.m.

Michigan St. at C. Michigan 2:30 p.m.

N. Hampshire at Minnesota 2:30 p.m.

Indiana at UMass 2:30 p.m.

Wisconsin at Oregon State 3 p.m.

Nebraska at UCLA 6:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt at Northwestern 7 p.m.

SATURDAY'S STARS

JOHN WIENKE, Iowa. Former quarterback and Tuscola great made his punting debut, booming his only attempt 43 yards.

TAYLOR MARTINEZ, Nebraska. Hard to believe he's the first quarterback in school history to start three consecutive openers. Put up gaudy numbers (354 yards passing, five TDs) even without star runner Rex Burkhead, who left with an injury.

BRAXTON MILLER, Ohio State. Hard to believe it took someone nearly 40 years to break Cornelius Greene's school record for yards rushing by a QB (146 vs. Wisconsin in 1974). Miller had 161.

KAWANN SHORT, Purdue. On every imaginable watch list — Lott, Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland, Lombardi — the senior got his big mitts in the air to bat down a field goal and an extra point for the fifth and sixth blocked kicks of his career.

DISCIPLINE, coaches. Michigan made due without two regulars despite the high stakes. And Purdue coach Danny Hope came out looking good when the Boilermakers rolled without quarterback Caleb TerBush and tight end Sterling Carter (both suspended). "We have to be a much more disciplined football team, whether it's on the field or off the field," Hope said.

MONTEE BALL, Wisconsin. Guess he's over that concussion. He delivered his 55th career rushing TD to tie Anthony Thomas (Michigan) for fourth on the Big Ten list. Next up: Pete Johnson (Ohio State) with 56.

SATURDAY'S QUOTE

"I just wanted it to be a good day for Ohio State football. And I believe it was." — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, now 11-0 in season openers.

BOWL FORECAST

LOOKING GOOD: Iowa. The Hawkeyes survived the first half of their season-opening exam. If they can beat Iowa State next week — we're big fans of the Cy-Hawk trophy — they should be 5-0 heading to Michigan State on Oct. 13. By the way, who made Iowa's schedule so easy (it doesn't play Illinois, Ohio State or Wisconsin)?

LOOKING BAD: Michigan. So much for all the momentum gained by last season's Sugar Bowl win. It's one thing to lose to Alabama. It's another to get bum-rushed by the Tide with most of the nation watching. With improved Notre Dame waiting in the wings, Brady Hoke's gang will be lucky to enter Big Ten play with a .500 record.

Illini list

Before leaving with an injury, Nathan Scheelhaase drew even with Jeff George on the school's career touchdown pass chart:

ILLINI, YEARS TDS

Kurt Kittner, 1998-2001 70

Juice Williams, 2006-09 56

Jack Trudeau, 1981-85 55

Jason Verduzco, 1989-92 42

Jon Beutjer, 2002-04 39

Tony Eason, 1981-82 38

Johnny Johnson, 1992-95 35

Jeff George, 1988-89 31

Nathan Scheelhaase, 2010- 31

Illinois schedule

DATE OPPONENT RESULT

Saturday W. Michigan W, 24-7

Sept. 8 at Arizona State 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 Charleston Southern 11 a.m.

Sept. 22 Louisiana Tech 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 Penn State TBA

Oct. 6 at Wisconsin 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Michigan 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 Indiana 11 a.m.

Nov. 3 at Ohio State TBA

Nov. 10 Minnesota TBA

Nov. 17 Purdue TBA

Nov. 24 at Northwestern TBA

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