Big Ten Weekly Football Release

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  Six Big Ten games are on the docket this weekend, including five divisional matchups. Meanwhile, Indiana also plays host to Charleston Southern in the final non-conference game for a Big Ten team this year. The Hoosiers were originally scheduled to host Florida International on Sept. 16, but the game was cancelled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

  The Big Ten currently features three programs that rank among the top 25 nationally in both scoring offense and defense (Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin). Three more conference squads stand among the top 25 nationally in scoring defense (Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota).

  Three Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Penn State has won its first five games and both Michigan and Wisconsin are 4-0. The Nittany Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 2008, when the team started 9-0. Both the Wolverines and Badgers are 4-0 for the second consecutive season.

  Penn State running back Saquon Barkley recorded a pair of firsts on Saturday against Indiana, registering his first career kickoff return and passing touchdowns. Barkley became the first Big Ten player and sixth FBS player since 1996 with a kickoff return for a touchdown and a passing touchdown in the same game. He added 56 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards to become the first player in the last 20 years with 50 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards, a passing touchdown and kick return touchdown in a single game.

  With his nine catches against Indiana, Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton set a new school record with 181 career catches, passing Allen Robinson (177) and Deon Butler (179).

  Maryland running back Ty Johnson broke off a 34-yard game-winning touchdown run with 1:10 remaining in the Terps’ win at Minnesota on Saturday. Johnson posted 130 yards on 18 carries for Maryland, which improved to 2-0 on the road and 3-1 overall this season.

  Nebraska’s Chris Weber was the leading tackler for a Husker defense that held Illinois to six points, the fewest allowed by Nebraska in a Big Ten road game and the fewest for the Husker defense since a 24-3 win over Michigan State in 2011. Weber led the team with nine tackles, including two tackles for loss and his first career sack, and also added his first career interception.

  Weber was one of nine Big Ten students among the 181 semifinalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Representing the Big Ten this year are Weber, Illinois’ Malik Turner, Maryland’s Adam Greene, Michigan’s Mike Wroblewski, Michigan State’s Brian Allen, Minnesota’s Andrew Stelter, Northwestern’s Justin Jackson, Penn State’s Brandon Smith and Wisconsin’s Joe Ferguson.

This Week's Schedule

Oct. 7, 2017  Illinois at Iowa Iowa City, IA 12:00 pm    BTN
  Penn State at Northwestern Evanston, IL 12:00 pm    ABC
  Charleston So. at Indiana Bloomington, IN 3:30 pm    BTN
  Minnesota at Purdue West Lafayette, IN 3:30 pm    ESPN2
  Maryland at Ohio State Columbus, OH 4:00 pm    FOX
  Michigan State at Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 7:30 pm    ABC
  Wisconsin at Nebraska Lincoln, NE 8:00 pm    BTN