It was a good opening week for the Big Ten, as all of the top level of teams were able to start the year off on the right foot. Let’s take a closer look at what happened over the weekend.

Thursday, August 29th 2013

Minnesota (home) vs.  UNLV (away): The Gophers win their season opener 51-23 against the Running Rebels.  Minnesota special teams and defense came up big to break open the game in the second half.  Marcus Jones gained a total of 149 return yards with a touchdown.  Philip Nelson rushed for 89 yards and two touch downs.  #JYPREDICTION: Minnesota

Indiana (home) vs. Indiana St (away): The Hoosier made school history scoring 45 points in the 1st half of their game.  Tre Robeson did start at QB and threw two touchdowns, but QB Nate Sudfeld threw for 219 yards with four touchdowns.  Indiana routed Indiana St 73-35, clearing up little as far as who the QB of the future is.  #JYPREDICTION: Indiana

Friday, August 30th 2013

Michigan St (home) vs. Western Michigan (away):  Michigan State’s defense and team play lifted them past Western Michigan 26-13.  Jairus Jones had two huge interceptions with one leading to a touchdown as he was being tackled and lateraled the football back to his teammate Kurtis Drummond who took it to the house 21 yards later.  Jeremy Langford rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown.  Back-up QB Zach Terrell threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns.  #JYPREDICTION: Michigan State

Saturday, August 31st 2013

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#2 Ohio St (home) vs. Buffalo (away):  Ohio State defeated Buffalo 40-20 behind a solid performance from Heisman Candidate Braxton Miller who finished the game with 178 yards passing and rushed for 77 yards.  Jordan Hall rushed for 159yards and two touchdowns.  Miller did experience some leg cramps during the game but will be ready for next week.   #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St

#22 Wisconsin (home) vs. UMASS (away): Defensively and offensively Wisconsin dominated the Minutemen of UMASS.  With three 100yard rushers and a shutout on defense the Badgers cruise to an easy win 45-0.  Joel Stave passed for 197 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing for one.  Melvin Gordon led Wisconsin with 144 yards rushing with one touchdown.  #JYPREDICTION:  Wisconsin

Illinois (home) vs. S. Illinois (away): Nathan Scheelhaase had a career day throwing for 416 yards, also adding two touchdowns.  The Illini held off a competitive Southern Illinois team 42-34.  The Salukis QB Kory Faulkner, who passed for 312yards and three touchdowns, had a chance to score late in the fourth with 44 seconds and the ball on the three yard line.  Faulkner overthrew his receiver, missing out on a huge opportunity to potentially send the game to overtime. #JYPREDICTION:  Illinois

Purdue (away) vs. Cincinnati (home): The Cincinnati Bearcats overpowered the young Boilermakers in their season opener 42-7.  Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux passed for 145 yards and one touchdown, also rushed for 55 yards with one TD.  Cincinnati defensively smothered Purdue.  Boilermakers QB fifth-year senior Rob Henry passed for 161 yards but threw two interceptions. #JYPREDICTION:  Cincinnati

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#17 Michigan (home) vs. Cent Michigan (away): The Wolverines won 59-9 setting a school record for highest scoring game in a season opener since 1905.  Devin Gardner led the way offensively with 162 passing yards throwing for one touchdown.  Gardner also rushed for 52yards with two TDs.  Fitzgerald Toussaint looked good and healthy in the season opener rushing for 57yards and two touchdowns. #JYPREDICTION:  Michigan

Penn State (home) vs. Syracuse (away):  Penn State’s defense saved the day in their opener against Syracuse 23-17.  The Nittany Lions true Freshman QB Christian Hackenberg played well in his debut passing for 278yards and two touchdowns. #JYPREDICTION:  Penn State

Iowa (home) vs. N. Illinois (away): Iowa again went down to the wire against Northern Illinois as they did a year ago.  This time around, the Huskies came out on top with a big defensive interception by safety Jimmie Ward setting up kicker Mathew Sims for the game winner 30-27.  Iowa QB Jake Rudock passed for 256 yards with one touchdown but threw two interceptions.  Hawkeye fullback Mark Weisman rushed for 100 yards.  The Huskies were led by their star player Jordan Lynch who threw for 275 yards and 3 TDs also rushing for 56yards.  #JYPREDICTION:  NIU

#18 Nebraska (home) vs. Wyoming (away): Even though Nebraska won their 28th season opener which leads the nation, it was a tougher than expected 37-34 battle.  The Wyoming gave the Corn Huskers a huge scare in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Ameer Abdullah rushed for 114yards and Imani Cross rushed for 106yards and two touchdowns.  Taylor Martinez passed for 155yards and three touchdowns.  The Cowboys was led by QB Brett Smith with 383yards passing and four touchdowns.  #JYPREDICTION:  Nebraska

#22Northwestern (away) vs. California (home):  Northwestern’s win on the road against California was summed up in two words: “Battle Tested.”  Kain Colter suffered a concussion early in the first half, Venrick Mark played injured, yet Northwestern still won 44-30.  Northwestern Linebacker Collin Ellis got two interceptions and returned them both for touchdowns, which hasn’t happened by a Big Ten player since 1996.  Treyvon Green led the Wildcats rushing the football with 129yards and two touchdowns.  Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian passed for 276yards and one touchdown.  #JYPREDICTION:  Northwestern

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Tune in later this week to see if Jitim can continue his perfect season so far! What did  you think of the Big Ten in Week 1? Is Ohio State a legitimate title contender? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!