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Big Ten Superlatives: Week Five

Another solid week of Big Ten action…

Northwestern v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

Most impressive win: Iowa 51-14 over Maryland

The Hawkeyes heard all week how they were supposed to get upset in this one and then went out and crushed the Terrapins. They left no doubt doing so and proved that they are a legitimate threat to win the Big Ten. Plus they had a fullback score a touchdown.

Most disappointing performance: Maryland

See above. Also see Taulia Tagovailoa’s five interceptions.

I’m not convinced yet: Michigan St

The Spartans are knocking on the door of the top ten only because it’s been a chaotic year in my opinion. I get it, but also I truly believe this team is nowhere close to their ranking in actuality. They haven’t beat a single good team this season, their best win over an immensely overrated Miami team coming into the season. Their other Power Five wins? Northwestern and Nebraska. Also I don’t care who it is, giving up nearly 500 passing yards to an Group of Five team is unacceptable. They’re a good team but they’re not a top-11 team in my opinion. At the same time though, you can only beat whose on your schedule.

Most impressive offensive performance: Nebraska 56-7 win over Northwestern

Nebraska may not be necessarily a good team but Northwestern is absolutely horrendous this season. The Cornhuskers offense on Saturday looked like the Cornhuskers of the past with 427 rushing yards while averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

Most impressive defensive performance: Penn State 24-0 win over Indiana

Penn State’s offense may not have been overly impressive but the defense was outstanding. The Hoosiers were kept to just 264 total yards and were shutout for the first time since 2000. Arnold Ebiketie almost killed a man too.