Ohio State 49, Maryland 28
Amidst rumors that began last Thursday that Randy Edsall would be fired after the seemingly inevitable beatdown in Columbus, the Terps came into this one looking like a team playing with house money, as Perry Hills helped draw first blood with a touchdown pass to put Maryland up 7-0 early. Hills would later add a pair of rushing touchdowns to tie the game at 21 early in the third quarter. The Buckeyes would get things rolling from there, though, as they rolled off 28 unanswered points to pull away. Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett both saw action under center, with Barrett sparking the offense with a hat trick of rushing touchdowns while Jones threw for a pair of touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott also ran for over a hundred yards and a pair of TD's.
Unfortunately, this game did in fact, bring an abrupt end to the Randy Edsall era at Maryland. At least Randy went out with a bang though, in his final press conference.
Michigan State 31, Big Ten Powerhouse Rutgers 24
For the second straight week, Michigan State played a B1G bottom-feeder down to the wire. Sparty trailed 14-10 at the half in this one, and needed an L.J. Scott go-ahead touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the ball game in order to avoid overtime against a reeling BTPR squad, who pulled the most BTPR finish ever, spiking the ball on fourth down with time running out and having the ball at midfield with a shot at a Hail Mary pass. This of course, led to quite the reaction on Twitter:
Oh god, Rutgers, you didn't...— Vico (@ourhonordefend) October 11, 2015
Connor Cook threw for a season-high 357 yards and two touchdowns while Leontee Caroo, fresh off a suspension, caught a hat trick of TD's, himself for BTPR. Sparty's overall performance will need to improve several notches if they want to continue their recent dominance of Michigan. Speaking of which....
Michigan 38, Northwestern 0
This one was over from the moment Northwestern kicked the ball the off into the hands of one Jehu Chesson, who took the opening kick 96 yards for a touchdown. The Wolverine defense took over from there, pitching a shutout for the third consecutive game. The last time any team in FBS college football pulled that kind of a shutout streak (Kansas State in 1995), I was bitterly disappointed that my sixth grade class was the only one in our middle school whose teacher didn't turn on the O.J. Simpson verdict because a couple of classmates got into a heated argument over O.J.'s guilt. Michigan will take on its bitter in-state rival next weekend, which at this rate, they should end up winning. It's about time we start taking Jim Harbaugh's first team in Ann Arbor seriously, folks.
Iowa 29, Illinois 20
The Hawkeyes remained unbeaten thanks to a performance by Jordan Canzeri on the ground, which led to a stat line reminiscent of B1G games from 20 years ago: 43 carries for 256 yards and a TD. C.J. Beathard also added 200 yards passing and a pair of TD's while Wes Lunt once again went over 300 yards passing a TD in a losing effort.
Wisconsin 23, Nebraska 21
The Huskers fell to an inexpliable 2-4 record (0-2 in B1G play) after once again, being on the wrong end of a tight contest. This time, it was the foot of Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglione booting the game-winning points through the uprights with four seconds to play. Joel Stave also led the way on offense, throwing for 322 yards and a touchdown in a very un-Wisconsin like performance.
Minnesota 41, Purdue 13
Shannon Brooks rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown and the defense came up with three interceptions off of Purdue's David Blough as the Gophers went on to romp the reeling Boilermakers just a week after getting blanked by Northwestern. Minnesota only led 10-6 at halftime but a 28-point third quarter helped them pull away in this one.