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A quick glance around the Big Ten: Week 1

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For the most part, the Big Ten took care of business in the opening weekend.

NCAA Football: Akron at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

We were a little spoiled this week—three Big Ten teams kicked off on Thursday night, with two more on Friday and the rest Saturday. And for the most part, the conference took care of business.

On opening night we learned a few things.

First, that while Ohio State seems to still have some troubles on offense (which, in Game 1, could be due to inexperience), its loaded with talent and can find another gear when it needs to. That can be attributed to recruiting and coaching.

Second, that Indiana has some serious playmakers in Richard Lagow and Simmie Cobbs. This may be an overreaction after watching one game, but Cobbs may be the best receiver in the conference. Seeing him lineup against Michigan's young corners midway through this season will be terrifying for Wolverines fans.

Thirdly, that while I'm sure P.J. Fleck will get Minnesota rolling soon, his Gophers debut was, well, dull.

On Friday night, both Rutgers and Wisconsin were a little surprising, to a certain extent. Rutgers welcomed Washington to town, after its College Football Playoff appearance a year ago, and ONLY lost by 16, which is basically a win for the Scarlet Knights. At the very least it’s a draw.

NCAA Football: Utah State at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin, on the other hand, hosted Utah State and got out to a very, very slow start. By halftime, tied up at 10, it had people seriously questioning the No. 9 preseason ranking. (That doubt was short-lived, though, as the Badgers finally got it together in scoring the game's final 59 points.) Wisconsin will be just fine.

On Saturday, teams like Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa and Penn State all took care of business against lesser opponents—which, I suppose, is expected in the first game of the season.

But how about Maryland? The Terrapins went into Austin and stuck it to the Texas Longhorns, 51-41. On one hand, I can’t say I was completely surprised based on how Texas has underperformed the last few years. But on the other hand, I didn’t think D.J. Durkin quite had Maryland at the level of going on the road and knocking off major programs. This will be a Big Ten team to watch as the season plays out.

All in all, after one week, the Big Ten East continues to look like one of the best divisions in the country. From top to bottom—Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State (oh, and Rutgers)—each team is capable of making games extremely competitive.

This will be a fun season to follow.