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.
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
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
All times ET