BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Big Ten play continues this weekend, with three conference match-ups highlighting a six-game slate. Michigan State visits Northwestern on Saturday, while Michigan travels to Wisconsin, and Illinois welcomes Nebraska, in the Big Ten opener for all six schools. Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue will all enjoy a bye week. • Six Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State are 3-0, while Michigan and Wisconsin are 2-0. Both the Hawkeyes and Gophers are 3-0 for the fourth time in five seasons. • With its 51-10 victory over Indiana last weekend, Ohio State claimed its ninth straight win overall, marking the second-longest active streak among Autonomy Five teams. The win also marked the Buckeyes’ eighth-straight victory in a Big Ten opener, dating back to 2011. Ohio State has won 27 conference road games dating back to 2012, which is the most of any team in any conference in that span. • Iowa posted a 18-17 victory over Iowa State on Saturday, giving the Hawkeyes their fifth-straight victory over their in-state rivals and their longest streak since winning 15 in a row from 1983-97. Junior kicker Keith Duncan set a career high with four field goals (25, 40, 42, 39), with the final kick proving to be the game-winner with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes rank 10th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 10.3 points per game. • Penn State defeated Pittsburgh 17-10 last Saturday for the program’s 16th-straight home victory and the Nittany Lions have won 10 consecutive regular season non-conference games. Penn State allowed 24 rushing yards, tied for the third-fewest given up by the Nittany Lions under James Franklin with 24 given up to UCF in 2014. Two of the four lowest rushing yards allowed under Franklin have been established this season, with four yards allowed to Idaho and 24 allowed to Pittsburgh. • The Big Ten currently features four programs that rank among the top 10 nationally in rushing defense: Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. The Badgers lead the nation by allowing just 20.5 yards per game, while the Spartans rank second (23.3), the Buckeyes sit in fourth (57.0) and the Nittany Lions round out the list at No. 9 (70.7). • Minnesota’s Tyler Johnson helped the Gophers to their 35-32 victory against Georgia Southern last Saturday. The senior caught 10 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns, his third career three touchdown game. Johnson’s touchdown receptions included a career-long 73-yard touchdown catch and a 2-yard score with 13 seconds left to secure the victory. In 16 games since the start of the 2018 season, Johnson has 95 catches for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14

OHIO STATE 51, INDIANA 10

Eastern Michigan 34, ILLINOIS 31

Temple 20, MARYLAND 17

PENN STATE 17, Pittsburgh 10

MINNESOTA 35, Georgia Southern 32

NORTHWESTERN 30, UNLV 14

IOWA 18, Iowa State 17

Arizona State 10, MICHIGAN STATE 7

TCU 34, PURDUE 13

NEBRASKA 44, Northern Illinois 8

BYE: MICHIGAN, RUTGERS, WISCONSIN

THIS WEEK

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21

UConn at INDIANA

Noon | BTN

MICHIGAN STATE at NORTHWESTERN

Noon | ABC

Boston College at RUTGERS

Noon | BTN

MICHIGAN at WISCONSIN

Noon | FOX

Miami (Ohio) at OHIO STATE

3:30 p.m. | BTN

NEBRASKA at ILLINOIS

8 p.m. | BTN

BYE: IOWA, MARYLAND, MINNESOTA,

PENN STATE, PURDUE

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