Big Ten Week 1 primer

September, 1, 2012
You've waited eight months, and it's finally here: the first Saturday of the college football season.

Ready? You had better be. Let's get ready for the day. We're handling Saturdays a bit differently this year -- using Twitter a lot more to provide updates and trying to give you more league-wide posts. Hope you enjoy.

  • Ohio at Penn State, noon ET, ESPN
  • Northwestern at Syracuse, noon ET, ESPN2
  • Western Michigan at Illinois, noon ET, ESPNU
  • Miami (Ohio) at No. 18 Ohio State, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Southern Miss at No. 17 Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC regional (ESPN2 in outer markets)
  • Iowa vs. Northern Illinois (at Chicago), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
  • Northern Iowa at No. 12 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
  • Eastern Kentucky at Purdue, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
  • Indiana State at Indiana, 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
  • No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 2 Alabama (at Arlington, Texas), 8 p.m. ET, ABC
WEATHER (both the Northwestern and Michigan games take place indoors)

State College, Pa. -- Partly to mostly cloudy, 77-80 degrees, winds at 5-6 mph
Champaign, Ill. -- Rain and thunder, 90 percent chance of rain, 76-80 degrees, winds at 11-12 mph
Columbus, Ohio -- Cloudy with scattered storms possible, 40 percent chance of rain, 82-84 degrees, winds at 7-8 mph
Lincoln, Neb. -- Sunny, 87-89 degrees, winds at 13-14 mph
Chicago -- Cloudy with showers possible, 50 percent chance of rain, 75-78 degrees, winds at 10-11 mph
Madison, Wis. -- Partly cloudy, 79-80 degrees, winds at 12-14 mph
West Lafayette, Ind. -- Rain with thunder storms possible, 60-70 percent chance of rain, 75-77 degrees, winds at 7-8 mph
Bloomington, Ind. -- Cloudy with storms possible, 40 percent chance of rain, 75-80 degrees, winds at 6-7 mph

In case you missed our coverage this week, let's get you caught up ...
And, finally, our Big Ten fantasy teams entering Week 1 ...


Iowa QB James Vandenberg
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez
Wisconsin RB Montee Ball
Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell
Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis
Purdue WR Antavian Edison
Ohio State's defense
Michigan State's kickers


Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller
Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead
Penn State RB Bill Belton
Iowa WR Keenan Davis
Wisconsin TE Jacob Pedersen
Michigan State's defense
Nebraska's kickers

Enjoy the games today and tonight, and check the blog for updates!



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