Big Ten power rankings: Workmanlike Iowa victory lands Hawkeyes in middle of pack this week
College football is underway with all 14 Big Ten teams now having played a game.
What did we really learn?
Well, not much. It's not easy to gauge what a team's made of in Week 1, especially when most matchups are of the lopsided variety.
The Hawkeyes made fairly easy work of Miami of Ohio, riding Nate Stanley's efficient three-touchdown day and a punishing run game.
There weren't many surprises as the Big Ten went 12-2 in the first weekend. And the two losses came on the road to teams coming off bowl appearances.
All that said, with every team having taken the field this season, it's time to rank the Big Ten, from top to bottom. We'll do that all season in this space.
1. Ohio State (1-0)
Many were interested to see just how Justin Fields would do as the new starting quarterback. He answered all looming questions — again, as best as you could in Week 1 — with 234 yards passing and four touchdowns to go with 61 rushing yards and another TD. Ryan Day is now 2-0 in season-opening games in Columbus after the 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic.
Next up: vs. Cincinnati, 11 a.m. Saturday, ABC.
2. Michigan (1-0)
The offense looked different, but it's hard to say anyone was blown away with the first installment of "Speed in Space" by the Wolverines. If nothing else, U-M has established that Zach Charbonnet is their No. 1 running back. The defense, especially with its all-defensive-ends look, seems capable of rushing the quarterback. But now, they'll need to play a different type of game as Army marches into the Big House.
Next up: vs. Army, 11 a.m. Saturday, Fox.
3. Wisconsin (1-0)
Maybe the most impressive win of Week 1 (for the third time, yes, we know it doesn't say a lot there), but the Badgers went down to Tampa, in a consistent rain, and did whatever they wanted to against South Florida on Friday night, 49-0. Jonathan Taylor kept up last year's crazy pace with 135 yards rushing and scored four times.
Next up: vs. Central Michigan, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN.
4. Penn State (1-0)
Geez, Nittany Lions, who made you guys mad? Penn State beat the Vandals like they stole something, winning 79-7. Good on Idaho to end that 65-0 run to open the game. PSU had a mere 673 yards of total offense, 35 first downs and almost as many touchdowns. We're sure the season will get tougher starting next week when Penn State hosts Buffalo, runners-up in the MAC last season.
Next up: vs. Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox.
5. Michigan State (1-0)
Maybe the Spartans are saving their offensive wrinkles for the Big Ten schedule. Because we certainly didn't see anything new about Brad Salem's new plans. The good news is, we didn't see anything new with that defense, too. MSU may not need much of an offense if they can dominate like they did in the 28-7 win over Tulsa on Friday.
Next up:vs. Western Michigan, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN.
6. Iowa (1-0)
As we've come to expect with Kirk Ferentz-led teams: No frills, just methodical business. And that's exactly what happened in the 38-14 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. A cool moment: Former Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin, who didn't get to Iowa until June, caught two passes, including one for a touchdown.
Next up: vs. Rutgers, 11 a.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.
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7. Maryland (1-0)
At leastIdaho was recently an FBS team. Maryland gets no brownie points for pummeling Howard, 79-0, on Saturday. The Terrapins outgained the Bison, 623-68, but had just 24 first downs and created just one turnover. Don't bet on Maryland doing similar things with its next opponent.
Next up:: vs. Syracuse, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN.
8. Northwestern (0-1)
Yes, there is honor in losing, and here we think good losses are better than bad wins. And while the Wildcats played pretty good defense at Stanford — an injury to QB K.J. Costello helped that cause — Northwestern's offense (210 total yards) showed up to Palo Alto too late in the 17-7 defeat.
Next up: vs. UNLV, 2:30 Sept. 14, BTN.
9. Nebraska (1-0)
We just don't know when it comes to Big Red, and Saturday didn't do a lot to inspire confidence. The 35-21 win over South Alabama at home felt closer than the final score indicates. And with just 178 yards passing from Adrian Martinez and just 98 total rushing yards, we feel like we've got some company in Camp Wait-'N'-See.
Next up: at Colorado, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox.
10. Purdue (0-1)
More of a heartbreaking loss than a bad one. The Boilermakers were up, 31-14, in the second half at Nevada, but gave up 20 straight points, including a 56-yard field goal to a then-walk-on to lose, 34-31. But, it wasn't all bad luck. Purdue's Elijah Sindelar did throw an interception with 50 seconds left, to help set up the Wolf Pack's final score.
Next up: vs. Vanderbilt, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN.
11. Indiana (1-0)
We watch plenty of MAC football, and while Ball State may be a little better than last season, they won just four games last season. And the Cardinals kind of hung around with the Hoosiers, though, to be fair, that two-hour drive from Bloomington to Muncie can be a killer. Still, a 34-24 win is still a win for IU.
Next up: vs. Eastern Illinois, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN.
Sorry, going to have to do more than a 42-3 domination of Akron — which lost its last five games in the MAC last season — to impress us. Then again, Lovie Smith has more pressing matters than trying to impress us. Like keeping that luscious beard intact.
Next up: at UConn, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS Sports Network.
P.J. Fleck must be taking the long route on Rebuild Creek, because the Gophers' boat sprung a leak in the opener. At least Minnesota rallied to beat 2018 FCS semifinalist South Dakota State, at home, 28-21. And at the very least, Rodney Smith made a nice opening statement with 21 carries and 92 yards.
Next up: at Fresno State, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS Sports Network.
Perennial cellar-dwellers Rutgers got off to a nice start — for them. Having its way with UMass, 48-21, in which the Scarlet Knights racked up 548 total yards and reeled off a 31-point second quarter, had to feel good. But the real chance to raise eyebrows comes in their first conference game coming up.
Next up: at Iowa, 11 a.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.