Every Sunday, after an entire Saturday’s worth of college football, we'll take a look around the Big Ten. As the conference as a whole fights as respectability in the non-conference, or as its power dynamics shift on a week-to-week basis in this fall, we'll follow every team and try to piece together the puzzle that is the 13-week-long season all the way up until Indianapolis.
Here are the top three headlines from Week 9:
Nebraska falls for first time this year
On, Wisconsin! The Badgers beat the Cornhuskers in the nightcap in overtime. Dare Ogunbowale scored on the Badgers’ possession in OT, and the hosts were able to stop Tommy Armstrong Jr. and co. on the ensuing drive, securing a 23-17 win. There are no undefeated teams in the Big Ten West
Michigan wins Paul Bunyan’s Trophy
The Michigan Wolverines are back on track against its supposed “little brother” after struggling against them recently. Jim Harbaugh’s squad got off to a fast start and was able to hold off a late run that made this game closer than it actually was. With the 32-23 win, the Wolverines remain undefeated.
Penn State continues to roll
After a slow start against suddenly upstart Purdue, Penn State showed why it has crept into the Top 25, blasting the Boilermakers 62-24. Saquon Barkley ran for 207 yards on just 18 carries and added two scores.
- Minnesota is quietly bowl eligible after a 40-17 romp over Illinois. It hasn’t always been pretty, but Tracy Claeys is getting the job done for the Gophers. Rodney Smith had two scores.
- In perhaps the most entertaining game of the weekend for this conference, Indiana beat Maryland 42-36. The Hoosiers rolled up 414 yards on the ground, including 111 from 270-pound freshman running back Tyler Natee.