• BIG 10 RELEASE
  • Conference action continues this week, with seven Big Ten contests highlighted by four divisional matchups. Action kicks off on Saturday at noon ET when Iowa travels to Indiana, Maryland welcomes Rutgers, Nebraska heads to Northwestern and Ohio State plays host to Minnesota. • The Big Ten currently features three programs that rank among the top eight nationally in scoring margin. Ohio State leads the conference and ranks third nationally, outscoring its opponents by an average of 29.0 points per contest. Penn State follows in fourth nationally at +28.6 points per game, while Michigan is eighth at +22.3 points per contest. • Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor rushed 24 times for 221 yards and three touchdowns against Nebraska, hitting the 200-yard rushing mark for the second time this season and fifth time in his career. The sophomore ranks third in career 200-yard rushing games among Wisconsin running backs, trailing only Ron Dayne (13 times) and Melvin Gordon (seven times). Taylor recorded the sixth multiple-touchdown game of his career and his third career three-touchdown game. The Badger currently leads the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 169.8 yards per contest. • Michigan’s Karan Higdon and Penn State’s Miles Sanders join Taylor in the top 20 nationally in rushing yards per game. Higdon ranks 13th in the country with 116.4 yards per contest, while Sanders is 17th with 107.6 yards per outing. • Ohio State remains undefeated on the season, as the Buckeyes have won their first six games. Ohio State has won 11 straight games, which is the second-longest active streak in the nation, and 20 straight Big Ten home games against unranked teams, which is the third-longest streak in the last 40 years. • Wisconsin currently ranks among the top 25 in both total offense (25th) and scoring defense (12th). Three more conference squads stand among the top 20 nationally in total offense (Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue). • Ohio State became the first Big Ten school to secure a bowl berth, while Michigan can do likewise with a victory this weekend. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history, and the full list of Big Ten postseason destinations can be found on page three. • Maryland running back Ty Johnson registered a kick return touchdown with a 98-yard return in the first quarter at Michigan. The score marked the second career kickoff return touchdown for Johnson, who also had a 100-yard kickoff return at Ohio State in 2017. • Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer each collected their 50th career win in Big Ten games on Saturday. Meyer and Fitzgerald are the third and fourth active member of the 50-win club in the Big Ten, joining Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (87 Big Ten wins) and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio (61).

 

THIS WEEK:

SATURDAY, OCT. 13

IOWA at INDIANA

Noon | ESPN2

RUTGERS at MARYLAND

Noon | BTN

NEBRASKA at NORTHWESTERN

Noon | ABC

MINNESOTA at OHIO STATE

Noon | FS1

PURDUE at ILLINOIS

3:30 p.m. | FS1

MICHIGAN STATE at PENN STATE

3:30 p.m. | BTN

WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN

7:30 p.m. | ABC

All times ET

 

LAST WEEK:

SATURDAY, OCT. 6

ILLINOIS 38, RUTGERS 17

NORTHWESTERN 29, MICHIGAN STATE 19

MICHIGAN 42, MARYLAND 21

IOWA 48, MINNESOTA 31

OHIO STATE 49, INDIANA 26

WISCONSIN 41, NEBRASKA 24

BYE: PENN STATE, PURDUE