Six Big Ten teams received votes in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches or Harris Interactive polls, while two teams appeared among the top 25 of the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. Three Big Ten schools were ranked among the top 25 in at least one poll. Ohio State remained among the top 10 at No. 9 in the AP poll after improving to 8-0 with an overtime win against Purdue. Michigan moved up in each poll to be ranked No. 20 by the media, coaches and Harris voters and No. 22 in the BCS standings. Wisconsin returned to the top 25 after a three-week absence to be rated No. 25 in the USA Today poll and BCS standings while placing just outside of the top 25 in the AP and Harris rankings. Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State also received votes in at least one poll.
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Rushers: Five Big Ten rushers finished with 100 or more yards on the ground on Saturday, led by the Wisconsin duo of James White and Montee Ball. White averaged 11.7 yards per carry to rack up 175 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns, while Ball added 166 yards and two touchdowns. Other 100-plus yard rushers were Northwestern's Venric Mark (118 yards, one touchdown), Penn State's Bill Belton (103 yards, three touchdowns) and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (101 yards).
Passers: Four Big Ten signal-callers threw for more than 200 yards on Saturday, led by Nebraska's Taylor Martinez with 342 yards and three touchdowns. Three other quarterbacks surpassed 200 yards in Penn State's Matt McGloin (289 yards, two touchdowns), Indiana's Cameron Coffman (244 yards) and Purdue's Caleb TerBush (230 yards, two touchdowns).
Receivers: Three conference standouts recorded seven or more catches or 100 or more receiving yards on Saturday. The Indiana pair of Kofi Hughes and Shane Wynn both hauled in seven passes, while Nebraska's Quincy Enunwa posted 110 yards on six receptions.
Tackles: Eleven Big Ten defenders registered 10 or more tackles last weekend, topped by 13 defensive stops by Indiana's Greg Heban. Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern each had two defenders tally 10 or more tackles - the Hawkeyes' Christian Kirksey (12 tackles) and James Morris (12), the Wolverines' Desmond Morgan (11) and Jake Ryan (10), the Spartans' Denicos Allen (11) and Max Bullough (10) and the Wildcats' Damien Proby (12) and Daniel Jones (11). Other Big Ten defenders with 10 or more tackles were Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (12) and Wisconsin's Mike Taylor (12).
Tackles for Loss: Three conference players notched two or more tackles for loss on Saturday, with Michigan State's Denicos Allen leading the way with 3.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Minnesota's RaShede Hageman and Penn State's Jordan Hill each collected two tackles for loss.
Indiana's Adam Replogle was one of 10 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected as finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 3. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl season. For more information on the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Michigan State's Dion Sims, Nebraska's Kyler Reed, Penn State's Kyle Carter and Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen were named to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, granted annually to the nation's top tight end. Sims is second on the Spartans with 24 catches for 313 yards with two touchdowns, Carter rates second on the Nittany Lions with 23 receptions for 279 yards and one score, Pederson stands second on the Badgers with 14 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns while Reed is third on the Cornhuskers with 11 receptions for 141 yards and a pair of scores. Three Big Ten standouts have won the Mackey Award since its inception in 2000, including inaugural winner Tim Stratton of Purdue, Iowa's Dallas Clark (2002) and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth (2006).
The game times and television for Big Ten contests on Saturday, Oct. 27, have been finalized and appear below:
Iowa at Northwestern, Noon ET, ESPN2
Indiana at Illinois, Noon ET, BTN
Michigan State at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)
Purdue at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN
Ohio State at Penn State, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Michigan at Nebraska, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Iowa's Mike Meyer was named a "Star of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The Hawkeyes junior hit a 42-yard field goal in the second overtime to give his team a 19-16 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday. He converted a 27-yard try in the first overtime and scored from 28 and 23 yards during regulation, the second time this season he has kicked four field goals in a game. Meyer has made 14 of his 15 attempts this year, including his last 13. His lone PAT extended his school record to 68 in a row. The Dubuque, Iowa native is second in the nation in field goals made per game. His 54 points lead all Hawkeye scoring.
Rushers: Eight Big Ten rushers finished with 100 or more yards on the ground on Saturday, led by the reigning Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year Montee Ball of Wisconsin. The Badgers running back broke loose for a career-high 247 yards with three touchdowns, to set a new conference record for career touchdowns. Other 100-plus yard rushers were Northwestern's Venric Mark (182 yards, two touchdowns), Ohio State's Carlos Hyde (156 yards, one touchdown) and Braxton Miller (149 yards, one touchdown), Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell (140 yards, one touchdown), Michigan's Denard Robinson (128 yards, two touchdowns), Wisconsin's James White (124 yards, one touchdown) and Iowa's Mark Weisman (116 yards, one touchdown).
Passers: Two Big Ten signal-callers threw for more than 200 yards on Saturday, as Indiana's Cameron Coffman and Ohio State's Braxton Miller went head-to-head in a high scoring shootout. Coffman threw for 275 yards and a touchdown while Miller compiled 211 passing yards and two scores.
Receivers: Two conference standouts recorded seven or more catches or 100 or more receiving yards on Saturday. Indiana's Cody Lattimer hauled in seven passes for 68 yards while Ohio State's Devin Smith caught two passes for 106 yards, both for touchdowns, as the Buckeyes held on for a 52-49 win over the Hoosiers.
Tackles: Ten Big Ten defenders registered 10 or more tackles last weekend, highlighted by 15 tackles for the conference's tackling leader, Iowa's Anthony Hitchens, in a double overtime win at Michigan State. Other Big Ten defenders with 10 or more tackles were the Spartans trio of Denicos Allen (13 tackles), Max Bullough (11) and Taiwan Jones (10), Purdue's Landon Feichter (12), Michigan's Jake Ryan (11), the Iowa pair of Joe Gaglione (11) and James Morris (10), Minnesota's Keanon Cooper (10), and Northwestern's Ibraheim Campbell (10).
Tackles for Loss: Eight conference players notched two or more tackles for loss on Saturday, with Michigan's Jake Ryan leading the way with 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including 1.5 sacks, in a shutout of Illinois. Seven other players posted two tackles for loss in Indiana's Zack Shaw (one sack), Michigan State's Kyler Elsworth (one sack), Minnesota's Keanon Cooper, Northwestern's Tyler Scott (two sacks), Purdue's Will Lucas and the Wisconsin duo of Chris Borland (one sack) and Mike Taylor (one sack).
The game times and television for Big Ten football games on Oct. 20 are now set:
Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
Purdue at Ohio State, ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)
Minnesota at Wisconsin, ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT
Michigan State at Michigan, BTN
Nebraska at Northwestern, ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)
Indiana at Navy, CBS Sports Network
8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
Penn State at Iowa, BTN
Michigan's Denard Robinson has been selected as this week's Manning Award Player of the Week. Robinson earned the most-ever votes to claim his first win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest. The Deerfield Beach, Fla., native racked up 8,269 votes, far surpassing the previous record for highest votes which was 2,808.
Robinson's 235 yards on the ground last weekend made him the Big Ten's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks with a total of 3,905. This number also marked the second-most rushing yards in a single game by a Big Ten quarterback, short of his own record of 258 yards at Notre Dame Sept. 11, 2010. The senior quarterback also passed for 105 yards and one score as the Wolverines rolled to a 44-13 victory over Purdue. Robinson now has five career 200-yard rushing games, including two this season.