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  Week 5 of the 2017 Big Ten season features six conference games, beginning Friday night when Nebraska visits Illinois in the Big Ten opener for the Fighting Illini. Maryland and Minnesota will also kick off their conference schedules when they meet Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, while Northwestern opens its Big Ten season at Wisconsin.

  The Big Ten currently features two programs that rank among the top 20 nationally in both total offense and defense (Penn State and Wisconsin). Three more conference squads stand among the top 20 nationally in total defense (Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota).

  Penn State running back Saquon Barkley amassed a school-record 358 all-purpose yards in the Nittany Lions’ win at Iowa. Not only did Barkley eclipse the previous Penn State record held by Curt Warner (341 at Syracuse on Oct. 17, 1981), but his total was also the 10th-highest all-purpose yardage total in Big Ten history and the highest since Nov. 15, 2014, when Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon had 408 all-purpose yards against Nebraska.

  Ohio State set a school record with seven different receivers catching touchdown passes in the Buckeyes’ 54-21 win over visiting UNLV on Saturday. The previous school mark had been five different OSU receivers catching touchdowns on four separate occasions. Ohio State’s Parris Campbell and C.J. Saunders also became the first Buckeye receiving tandem to top 100 yards in the same game since the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, when Ted Ginn Jr. and Santonio Holmes both pulled off the feat in a win over Notre Dame.

  For the first time in program history, Indiana returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the same game, as Simmie Cobbs Jr. and Andre Brown Jr. both scored in the Hoosiers’ 52-17 win Saturday over visiting Georgia Southern.

  Indiana’s J-Shun Harris II returned a punt for a touchdown for the second consecutive game, becoming the second Indiana student ever to have punt returns for touchdowns in consecutive games and the first since Rob Turner did so in 1990. Harris, a nominee for the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, brought back a Georgia Southern kick 70 yards for a score in the Hoosiers’ home victory.

  Purdue drew a sellout crowd of 60,042 to Ross-Ade Stadium for its Big Ten opener Saturday against Michigan. It was the Boilermakers’ largest home crowd since Nov. 22, 2008, against Indiana in the final home game for Purdue’s longtime head coach Joe Tiller.

  Michigan continues to find success in Big Ten openers, improving to 47-3 in conference debuts since 1968 after a 28-10 win at Purdue on Saturday.

This Week's Schedule

Sep. 29, 2017  Nebraska at Illinois Champaign, IL 8:00 pm    FS1
Sep. 30, 2017  Maryland at Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 12:00 pm    FS1
  Northwestern at Wisconsin Madison, WI 12:00 pm    ABC
  Indiana at Penn State University Park, PA 3:30 pm    BTN
  Iowa at Michigan State East Lansing, MI 4:00 pm    FOX
  Ohio State at Rutgers Piscataway, NJ 7:30 pm    BTN