Ohio State squeaks past Navy. Iowa has to block two field goal attempts in the last seven seconds to beat Division I-AA Northern Iowa. Minnesota fumbles away a 14-3 lead and needs overtime to defeat Syracuse. Illinois, a favorite over Missouri, gets drilled, 37-6. Indiana needs last-second heroics to edge Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky.
It was an ugly start for the Big Ten, and with several marquee nonconference matchups on the horizon, it appears the ugliness is just beginning for this once-proud conference. Is there any hope? I break it down in my latest column for Covers.