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Big Ten Recap - Week 8

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The most entertaining weekend of conference games so far ends with an electric White Out in State College.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend started with Friday Night Football once again as Ohio State traveled to face Northwestern. After a close quarter of play that may have fooled some into thinking upset, the Buckeyes started rolling and never looked back.

Saturday afternoon featured multiple games that went down to the wire, the most-stunning being Illinois’ win over Wisconsin on a game-winning FG as the clock expired in Champaign. Maryland’s Tyrrell Pigrome threw an interception late in the fourth quarter against Indiana to end the Terrapins hopes for some late-game heroics at home to get back to .500 in conference play. Iowa’s win over Purdue wasn’t quite as close as the score suggested, with the Hawkeyes keeping the Boilermakers at a safe distance for much of the game and avoiding a let-down game after an emotional loss to Penn State last week.

Scoreboard

Ohio State 52, Northwestern 3

Illinois 24, Wisconsin 23

Iowa 26, Purdue 20

Indiana 34, Maryland 28

Minnesota 42, Rutgers 7

Penn State 28, Michigan 21

Major Storylines

  • Running away with it - Jonathan Taylor (957 yards) and J.K. Dobbins (947) lead the league in rushing with the next closest being Minnesota’s Rodney Smith with 786 yards. Next week will feature a match-up of the conference’s two best running backs up against two of the best defenses in the country.
  • Rondale Moore’s absence in Purdue’s offense has left a void, and true freshman David Bell has sprinted right into it. He has gone over 100 yards receiving in three of the last four games for the Boilermakers, and finished with 197 yards on 13 receptions on Saturday against the Hawkeyes.
  • After eight weeks of football the Big Ten leader in passing is... Nate Stanley with 1,771 yards through the air. Penn State’s Sean Clifford isn’t far behind with 1,742 yards.
  • Since opening as four-point underdogs for their upcoming game against Liberty, at home, Rutgers is now +7 according to VegasInsider.com.

Next Week:

Liberty at Rutgers

(#20)Iowa at Northwestern

(#13)Wisconsin at (#3)Ohio State

Illinois at Purdue

Indiana at Nebraska

(#6)Penn State at Michigan State

Maryland at (#17)Minnesota

(#8)Notre Dame at (#19)Michigan