It was yet another exciting week in the Big Ten. There were a couple small upsets in the conference, and Northwestern and Ohio State dueled in an instant classic! Let’s dive a bit deeper.
Saturday, October 5th
Minnesota (away) vs. #19 Michigan (home): Michigan QB Devin Gardner played a lot better then he had in previous weeks, passing for 235 yards and one touchdown as he led the Wolverines to victory over Minnesota. Devin Funchess was the leading receiver with 151 yards and caught one touchdown. Fitzgerald Toussaint had a solid game rushing the football for Michigan with 78 yards to go along with two touchdowns. Michigan looked better offensively than what they had shown against Akron and UCONN. Minnesota Golden Gophers QB Mitch Leidner passed for 145 yards and a touchdown, throwing one interception. Leidner led the Gophers in rushing with 66 yards. Michigan won this game at home 42-13. #JYPREDICTION: Michigan
Indiana (home) vs. Penn State (away): Indiana defended their home field as they actually played defense and out worked the physical Nittany Lions football team. Hoosier QB Nate Sudfeld passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns,but also tossed an interception. Indiana also got production from QB Tre Roberson who rushed for two touchdowns. Hoosier RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Penn State Freshman QB Christian Hackenberg played well passing for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Indiana snapped a 17 game losing streak against Penn State winning 44-24. #JYPREDICTION: Penn State
Michigan St (away) vs. Iowa (home): Anyone who follows college football knows the Michigan State defense is amongst the best in the country. The Spartans consistently get three and outs, score points off turnover, and make plays when needed. The problem has been on the offensive side of the football, however, against Iowa the Spartans figured it out and put some points on the board. Michigan State QB Connor Cook passed for 277 yards with two touchdowns leading the Spartans with a 26-14 victory. Iowa QB Jake Rudock passed for 241 yards with two touchdowns, but Rudock also threw two interceptions. #JYPREDICTION: Iowa
#4 Ohio St (away) vs. #16 Northwestern (home): It was homecoming, a weekend full of activities and events. Once the game started it was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen in years, and put the Big Ten conference on the center stage. In front of a sold out crowd in Ryan Field, it was a sea of red (OSU FANS) and a sea of Purple (NU Fans). Northwestern held a ten point lead late in the fourth quarter, but QB Braxton Miller and RB Carlos Hyde took over the game for the Buckeyes. Miller passed for 203 yards and threw an interception, and also rushed for 68 yards. Carlos Hyde was a beast leading Ohio State with 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Northwestern got a spark from RB Venric Mark who was back in the line up having been injured with 38 yards kick return, 43 yards receiving, and 60 yards rushing. Wildcat QB Trever Seimian played well passing for 245 and two touchdowns. Seimian threw a crucial interception late in the fourth quarter which led to Carlos Hyde rushing for a touchdown. Kain Colter passed for 98 yards, he got a rushing touchdown as well as a touchdown receiving the football. In the end, Ohio State made plays and won 40-30. #JYPREDICTION: Ohio St
Illinois (away) vs. Nebraska (home): Nebraska must have heard my disappointment in them so far this season as well as the voice of others wondering “where are the Corn Huskers?” Against Illinois they not only won this game but looked impressive on both sides of the football. Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for 135 and two touchdowns for the Corn Huskers. Illinois star QB Nathan Sheelhaase who had been playing “lights out” all season was held in check, passing for only 135 yards and throwing an interception. Illinois RB Josh Ferguson rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown. Nebraska wins this game 39-19. #JYPREDICTION: Illinois
#JYPREDICTION: Week 6 record 2-3, Overall 45-10. Great games to look forward too Week 7!!!
What did you think of the Big Ten this past week? Is Ohio State worthy of a National Championship spot if they go undefeated in the Big Ten? Let us know what you think in the comments!