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September 4, 2019

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Ohio State and Wisconsin were on their game and came away with decisive wins.

Ohio State’s new QB Justin Fields had an impressive Buckeye debut 234 passing yds, 61 rushing yds, 5 TDs, leading Ohio State to a 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic.

The Wisconsin Badgers went down to Florida and shut out the South Florida Bulls 49-0. Quarterback Jack Coan had a steady season debut 19-of-26 for 199 and two touchdowns, and Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor had 183 total yards 135 rushing and four total touchdowns.

Penn State dominated Idaho 79-7 , showing a lot of promise on offense. K.J. Hamler is going to be one of the most dynamic playmakers in the Big Ten this season. The sophomore had four catches for 115 and two TDs.

Michigan’s offense needed a bit of a ramp-up period as the Wolverines learn new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis’ system. Shea Patterson had an effective day (203 yards and three touchdowns. Michigan rolled over Middle Tennessee 40-21.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers won 35-21 over South Alabama. The Huskers entered Saturday as a 36½-point favorite against the Jaguars, but led by just seven entering the fourth quarter. Five turnovers forced and three second-half, nonoffensive touchdowns saved the day.

Michigan State has questions remaining about its offense, specifically the offensive line, and how it will progress going forward. MSU compiled just 303 yards of offense overall and averaged 2.7 per rush. The defense, though, will be one of the best in the country and held Tulsa to 80 total yards. Spartans won 28-7.

Purdue took a bad loss to Nevada to open the season, losing on a last-second field goal.

Northwestern could muster only seven points against Stanford in the conference’s only losses.

Iowa starting left tackle Alaric Jackson will miss at least two weeks after spraining his knee in Saturday’s season-opening win 38-14 over Miami (Ohio). Running back Mekhi Sargent had 91 rushing yards, 65 receiving and a touchdown.

Illinois running back Mike Epstein suffered a season-ending knee injury in Saturday’s season opener against Akron, coach Lovie Smith announced.

It marks the third consecutive injury-shortened season for Epstein, a junior who played a total of 12 games over his first two seasons because of foot injuries.

Last Friday’s 79-point victory was the second-most in Maryland Terps history, one point away from the 1927 record as the Terps rolled over Howard 79-0.

MB Show Big 10 Rankings

1. Ohio State
2. Wisconsin
3. Michigan
4. Penn State
5. Michigan State
6. Iowa
7. Nebraska
8. Northwestern
9. Maryland
10. Purdue
11. Illinois
12. Minnesota
13. Indiana
14. Rutgers

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