Big Ten Weekly Football Release

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  Michigan State and Ohio State are tied for first in the East Division standings with 5-1 records heading into their matchup Saturday afternoon in Columbus. Michigan and Penn State are close behind the Spartans and Buckeyes in the East Division with identical 4-2 conference records.

  Wisconsin remains atop the West Division with a 6-0 Big Ten record, with Northwestern next up behind the Badgers at 4-2. The Badgers can clinch at least a share of the West Division title and a berth in the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win at home over Iowa on Saturday.

  At 9-0 this season, Wisconsin is one of five remaining undefeated schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Badgers are off to their best start since 2004, when they also won their first nine games, and they have extended their school record with 12 consecutive Big Ten wins, surpassing their previous record of nine across the 2006-07 and 2010-11 seasons.

  Seven Big Ten schools — Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin — have clinched bowl berths by reaching six victories on the season. Iowa and Northwestern were the latest to join this group with their victories last Saturday. The Big Ten continues to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history, and the full list of Big Ten postseason destinations can be found on page four.

  Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke threw for 400 yards Saturday against Penn State, one week after throwing for a school-record 445 yards against Northwestern. Lewerke is the first Spartan quarterback to post consecutive 400-yard passing games and the third Big Ten student in the past 20 years to pull off that feat (Purdue’s Drew Brees in 1998; Northwestern’s C.J. Bacher in 2007).

  With its 55-24 win over Ohio State on Saturday, Iowa posted its highest point total against a Big Ten opponent since Nov. 22, 2008, when the Hawkeyes posted a 55-0 victory at Minnesota. Nate Stanley threw five touchdown passes and no interceptions in the victory, which was the 400th home win in Iowa’s football history which dates back to 1889 and includes 283 wins at its current home, Kinnick Stadium.

  Northwestern became the first FBS program ever to win three consecutive overtime games after the Wildcats’ 31-24 victory at Nebraska last Saturday. During the win, Northwestern running back Justin Jackson became the school’s all-time leader in total touchdowns (39) and also moved into sixth place on the Big Ten’s career rushing list (4,927 yards - second among active FBS students), passing former Michigan State standout Lorenzo White (4,887 yards from 1984-87) and former Wisconsin great Melvin Gordon (4,915 yards from 2012-14).

  Nebraska’s Chris Weber and Northwestern’s Justin Jackson are among 18 finalists for the Campbell Trophy, presented annually by the National Football Foundation to college football’s top scholar-athlete. Six students from current Big Ten schools have earned the Campbell Trophy, with Penn State’s John Urschel the most recent conference recipient in 2013.

This Week's Schedule

Nov. 11, 2017  Indiana at Illinois Champaign, IL 12:00 pm    BTN
  Nebraska at Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 12:00 pm    FS1
  Michigan State at Ohio State Columbus, OH 12:00 pm    FOX
  Rutgers at Penn State University Park, PA 12:00 pm    BTN
  Michigan at Maryland College Park, MD 3:30 pm    BTN
  Iowa at Wisconsin Madison, WI 3:30 pm    ABC
  Purdue at Northwestern Evanston, IL 7:00 pm    ESPN2