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Big Ten Recap - Week 6

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A week headlined by blowouts and dominant rushing performances

Kent State v Wisconsin Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

In a week filled with blowouts, you were out of luck if you don’t enjoy ugly defensive contests with poor quarterback play. After a tough loss at home against Penn State, Maryland rebounded by taking out their frustration on Rutgers, the cure-all of the Big Ten. Both Penn State and Wisconsin continued to roll, with both games out of reach prior to kick-off. A slog between Michigan and Iowa was the “highlight” of the early slate of games was dominated by turnovers and a struggle for field position.

The afternoon and night games followed similar scripts as Minnesota continued to keep pace with Wisconsin in the West running over Illinois on their way to a 5-0 start. Ohio State cruised to victory over Michigan State, looking dominant on the defensive line. After a let-down last week at home Nebraska got a much-needed victory against Northwestern in a close game that was lacking in offense.

Scoreboard

Maryland 48, Rutgers 7

Michigan 10, Iowa 3

Penn State 35, Purdue 7

Wisconsin 48, Kent State 0

Minnesota 40, Illinois 17

Nebraska 13, Northwestern 10

Ohio State 34, Michigan State 10

Major Storylines

- There are three Big Ten teams among the top five nationally in scoring margin. Ohio State leads the nation at +40.5 points per game, followed by Wisconsin in second at +37.6 points per game, and Penn State in fourth at +31.5 points per game.

- Four teams will enter Week 7 undefeated: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Minnesota. It’s the second consecutive 6-0 start, while Wisconsin and Penn State recently hit the 5-0 mark in 2017. Minnesota 5-0 start since 2004.

- Jonathan Taylor has scored 16 touchdowns so far this season, the most by an FBS player through five games since Ricky Williams had 20 through five games in 1998. Williams went on to win the Heisman Trophy.

Other notes

- Minnesota’s put on a dominant performance on the ground with a total of 332 yards in their win over Ilinois on Saturday. Rodney Smith led all FBS players with 211 yards rushing, with Shannon Brooks putting up 111 yards in support. A week after Tanner Morgan threw for 396 yards the Gophers change the game plan and find similar success.

Next Week:

16 Michigan at Illinois (noon)

Rutgers at Indiana (noon)

Maryland at Purdue (noon)

Michigan State at 8 Wisconsin (12:30 p.m.)

10 Penn State at 17 Iowa (7:30 p.m.)

Nebraska at Minnesota (7:30 p.m.)