2. Michigan (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 3) -- Michigan finished off UMass by 50 points, and now Robinson gets somewhat of a rebuttal from his Alabama performance this weekend when the Wolverines travel to South Bend. Next up: at Notre Dame, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBC).
3. Michigan State (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 1) -- Quarterback Andrew Maxwell and the Spartans' entire offensive unit have a long way to go in order to reach the Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl. Next up: vs. Eastern Michigan, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
4. Nebraska (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 4) -- The Huskers' offense has put up enough points (40.3 ppg) to still be undefeated, but the defense — mainly the front seven — is a concern. Next up: vs. Idaho State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
5. Purdue (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 5) -- Dare me to say it? OK, I will: Purdue has a shot to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten title game. There, I did it. Next up: BYE
6. Northwestern (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 7) -- The Wildcats need a quality win before they can be considered a top-5 candidate. They won't get that opportunity until about Week 9 when Nebraska comes to town. Next up: vs. South Dakota, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
7. Wisconsin (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 6) -- I'm very tempted to put Illinois here instead, but I have faith that the Badgers' running game will be restored at some point in the near future and things in Madison will revert to some level of normalcy. Next up: vs. UTEP, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
8. Illinois (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 9) -- Home is where the heart is at: Illinois is 2-0 in Champaign, where it has outscored opponents 68-7. Next up: vs. Louisiana Tech, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
9. Minnesota (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 8) -- Jerry Kill has the Golden Gophers off to their first 3-0 start since 2008, but they lose starting quarterback MarQueis Gray to an ankle injury for 2-4 weeks. Next up: vs. Syracuse, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
10. Iowa (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 10) -- You can't really blame Iowa for its slow start. Blame the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God (AIRBHG), which took out six tailbacks this offseason. Still, walk-on fullback Mark Weisman did a nice job against Northern Iowa, rushing for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Next up: vs. Central Michigan, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).
11. Penn State (1-2, 0-0; LW: No. 12) -- I'm glad Bill O'Brien finally got his first W as a head coach out of the way, because those are going to be hard to come by for the next half decade. Next up: vs. Temple, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).
12. Indiana (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 11) -- The Hoosiers couldn't beat Ball State last week. Granted they were without starting quarterback Tre Roberson — who is out for the season — but it looks like they're only going to be able to double last year's win total in 2012. Next up: BYE