Big Ten Week 1 primer

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!