|Michigan State||17||Boise State||13|
|Ohio State||56||Miami (OH)||10|
These are the scores for every Big Ten game in the opening week of the 2012 football season. You can see that althoguh the Big Ten only lost two games (Penn State and Michigan), it was generally pretty wretched. Minnestota barely barely beats UNLV, Michigan State scrapes by a completely rebuilding Boise State team, Northwestern nearly loses to Syracuse, Ohio (Bobcats!) beats Penn State, Nebraska starts out struggling, Wisconsin almost allows Northern Iowa to come back and win (!!! I used to live in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where Northern Iowa is based... incredibly small and obscure when it comes to college football and recruiting; they should never be even close to Wisconsin), Iowa nearly loses to Northern Illinois (!!!), and Indiana scrapes by Indiana State.
These are supposed to MAC snacks and otherwise cupcake teams. The hell is going on?
I thoguht the Big Ten was supposed to be on the upswing this year and move towards regaining its rightful place as one of the best conferences in America. The way it seems now, I'm not sure if it's even in the top four, with the SEC, the PAC-10, the Big 12, and even the ACC (!)...
What's going on? Anyone have any hypotheses?