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 10:
Ohio State embarrasses Nebraska
Urban Meyer showed absolutely no remorse for the Cornhuskers, handing them a 62-3 loss at Ohio Stadium. It was absolutely domination for the Buckeyes, as they put up nearly 600 yards and allowed only 204. This game comes just a week after Ohio State narrowly escaped Northwestern’s upset bid, 24-20. Nebraska is likely the plummet from No. 10 in the polls, while No. 6 Ohio State will pass Texas A&M and could jump undefeated Washington. But worse for the Huskers, Tommy Armstrong Jr. was carted off after a scary-looking head injury.
Michigan continues to dominate the Big Ten
The Wolverines moved to 9-0 (6-0 conference) with a 59-3 win against Maryland. The win had to feel good for Coach Jim Harbaugh, who beat former Michigan assistant-turned Maryland head coach DJ Durkin. Michigan looks set to run the table in the Big Ten, with a final week matchup against Ohio State looming that will almost certainly have Big Ten Championship implications on the line.
Penn State is for real
Consider me sold. After starting the season 2-2, the Nittany Lions have won five straight games in Big Ten play, including yesterday’s dominant 41-14 performance against Iowa. Their defense is playing as well as anyone’s, and Saquon Barkley put together yet another stellar performance, rushing for 167 yards and a touchdown on just 20 carries. Penn State has a good chance to sneak in the Top 10 this week.
- Down at the half, Minnesota needed a second half comeback to beat Purdue. The Golden Gophers move to 7-2 overall and are tied with Nebraska and Wisconsin atop the Big Ten West. They face Nebraska in Lincoln next week in a game that could influence the division title.
- Oh, so close. Rutgers led Indiana 24-13 at one point in the third quarter, but then everything reverted back to normal, and the Hoosiers walked away with a 33-27 victory. Indiana is one win away from becoming bowl eligible.
- Illinois 31, Michigan State 27. That is all.