The Big Ten features two of the eight remaining undefeated schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), as Penn State and Wisconsin are both 6-0. The Nittany Lions are 6-0 for the first time since 2008, when the team started 9-0. The Badgers are 6-0 for the first time since winning their first six games in 2011.
The Big Ten currently features two programs that rank among the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense and defense (Ohio State and Penn State). The Buckeyes are third in scoring offense and 11th in scoring defense, while the Nittany Lions lead the nation in scoring defense and are 16th in scoring offense.
Both Michigan and Ohio State reached the 500-win plateau in Big Ten play on Saturday. The Wolverines improved to 500-203-18 in conference play since 1896, while the Buckeyes are now 500-173-24 since joining the conference in 1913. Wisconsin is third all-time with 367 Big Ten victories dating back to 1896.
Northwestern running back Justin Jackson became the school's all-time leading rusher with a four-yard carry in the first half at Maryland, passing Damien Anderson. He went on to finish with 171 yards and two touchdowns against the Terrapins, as Northwestern improved to 19-4 when Jackson surpasses 100 rushing yards.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for seven touchdowns and 373 yards of total offense in the team's victory at Nebraska. The senior completed 27-of-33 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 48 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns.
Michigan running back Karan Higdon set career highs in carries (25), yards (200) and touchdowns (three) against Indiana. He scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning score in overtime on a 25-yard carry on the first play from scrimmage. Higdon is the first 200-yard rusher for the Wolverines since Denard Robinson racked up 225 yards on the ground against Purdue (Oct. 6, 2012) and the first running back to accomplish the feat since Mike Hart (Oct. 6, 2007).
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor carried the ball a career-high 30 times for 219 yards with one touchdown against Purdue to record his third 200-yard rushing game of the season. He now has 986 rushing yards in six contests, ranking third nationally with 164.3 yards per game.
Michigan State running back LJ Scott recorded career highs in both carries (25) and rushing yards (194) in the Spartans' 30-27 victory at Minnesota. Scott's 194 rushing yards were the most by a Spartan since 2012, when Le'Veon Bell had 266 yards rushing at Minnesota.
Making his first career start on defense after transitioning to safety during the bye week, Rutgers' Jawuan Harris collected a game-high 11 tackles with an interception and a forced fumble in the team's victory at Illinois.
This Week's Schedule
|Oct. 21, 2017||Iowa at Northwestern||Evanston, IL||12:00 pm||ESPN2|
|Purdue at Rutgers||Piscataway, NJ||12:00 pm||BTN|
|Maryland at Wisconsin||Madison, WI||12:00 pm||FOX|
|Indiana at Michigan State||East Lansing, MI||3:30 pm||ABC|
|Illinois at Minnesota||Minneapolis, MN||3:30 pm||BTN|
|Michigan at Penn State||University Park, PA||7:00 pm||ABC|