THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL

BIG TEN. BIG NEWS.

  • Big Ten play resumes this weekend, with five conference matchups highlighting an eight-game

slate. Penn State visits Illinois on Friday, while Minnesota travels to Maryland, Michigan welcomes

Nebraska, Michigan State heads to Indiana and Wisconsin visits Iowa on Saturday, in the

Big Ten opener for all 10 schools.

  • Five Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio

State and Penn State are 3-0. The Hoosiers are 3-0 for the first time since 2015 and their

28-point win over Ball State last Saturday was their largest in series history. Both the Hawkeyes

and Gophers are 3-0 for the third time in four seasons.

  • The Big Ten currently features four programs that rank among the top 10 nationally in defensive

yards per play: Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State and Maryland. The Wolverines lead the

nation by allowing just 3.99 yards per play, while the Gophers rank second (4.05), the Nittany

Lions sit in third (4.36) and the Terrapins round out the list at No. 10 (4.72).

  • Purdue quarterback David Blough broke the Big Ten record for total yards in a game, which

was previously held by Illinois’ Dave Wilson with 585 total yards against Ohio State in 1980,

and ranks second in single-game passing yards behind Wilson’s 621 passing yards in the same

contest. Blough completed 39 of 55 passes for 572 yards passing and three scores, and rushed

six times for 18 yards and another score.

  • Ohio State ranks second nationally in scoring offense (56.3 points per game) and third in

total offense (608.7 yards per contest). Against TCU on Saturday, quarterback Dwayne Haskins

recorded his first career rushing touchdown while also throwing for 344 yards and two touchdowns.

He’s responsible for 12 touchdowns in the first three games of a season, which is tied

for the second-most by a Big Ten quarterback in the last 10 years. Only J.T. Barrett in 2016 had

more (13). Haskins ranks among the top-10 nationally in completion percentage (9th; .725),

passing efficency (8th; 192.4) and touchdown passes (5th; 11).

  • Penn State defeated Kent State 63-10 on Saturday for the program’s 16th-straight home victory,

a streak that started against Kent State in the 2016 season. The streak is the longest by

the Nittany Lions since a 21-game stretch from 1970-74. They’ve also won seven straight

games dating back to last season, which is the third-longest active streak in FBS.

  • Indiana defeated Ball State 38-10 last weekend, marking the program’s 14th win in their last

15 regular season non-conference games, including six straight overall and 10 of their last 11

at home. Freshman running back Stevie Scott recorded his first multi-touchdown game with

two rushing scores and 114 yards on 18 carries against Ball State, breaking the 100-yard plateau

for the second straight game.

LAST WEEK

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15

South Florida 25, ILLINOIS 19

INDIANA 38, Ball State 10

IOWA 38, Northern Iowa 14

Temple 35, MARYLAND 14

MICHIGAN 45, SMU 20

MINNESOTA 26, Miami (OH) 3

Troy 24, NEBRASKA 19

Akron 39, NORTHWESTERN 34

OHIO STATE 40, TCU 28

PENN STATE 63, Kent State 10

Missouri 40, PURDUE 37

Kansas 55, RUTGERS 14

BYU 24, WISCONSIN 21

BYE: MICHIGAN STATE

 

THIS WEEK

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21

PENN STATE at ILLINOIS

9:00 p.m. | FS1

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

MINNESOTA at MARYLAND

Noon | BTN

NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN

Noon | FS1

Boston College at PURDUE

Noon | ESPN2

Buffalo at RUTGERS

Noon | BTN

Tulane at OHIO STATE

3:30 p.m. | BTN

MICHIGAN STATE at INDIANA

7:30 p.m. | BTN

WISCONSIN at IOWA

8:30 p.m. | FOX

BYE: NORTHWESTERN

All times ET