WEEK 6 SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, OCT. 6
NEBRASKA at ILLINOIS
8 p.m. | FS1
SATURDAY, OCT. 7
MARYLAND at OHIO STATE (HC)
Noon | FOX
RUTGERS at WISCONSIN (HC)
Noon | Peacock
Howard at NORTHWESTERN (HC)
3 p.m. | Big Ten Network
PURDUE at IOWA (HC)
3:30 p.m. | Peacock
MICHIGAN at MINNESOTA
7:30 p.m. | NBC
BYE: INDIANA, MICHIGAN STATE, PENN STATE
All times Eastern
BIG TEN. BIG NEWS.
- Conference action continues this week, with five Big Ten contests highlighted by a trio of divisional matchups. Action kicks off on Friday at 8 p.m. ET when Nebraska travels to Illinois. Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State will enjoy byes this week, with the complete schedule appearing to the right.
- Three Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Michigan leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Ohio State and No. 6 Penn State. Maryland and Wisconsin are both receiving votes.
- Four Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Maryland, Michigan and Penn State are all 5-0, while Ohio State is 4-0.
- Maryland and Penn State currently rank among the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Nittany Lions rank No. 3 nationally in scoring defense (9.6 points per game), while ranking 12th in scoring offense (40.6 points per game). The Terrapins rank No. 15 nationally in scoring offense (38.6 points per game), while ranking 16th in scoring defense (13.2 points per game).
- Four additional Big Ten teams rank in the top 25 in terms of scoring defense: Michigan (1st, 6.0 points per game), Ohio State (2nd, 8.5 points per game), Rutgers (12th, 12.8 points per game) and Iowa (21st, 16.8 points per game).
- Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa accounted for six touchdowns in a 44-17 win over Indiana to move the Terrapins to 5-0 on the season on Saturday. The senior completed 24-of-34 passes for 352 yards and threw five touchdowns, while also rushing for 15 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Tagovailoa also became the first Maryland quarterback ever to eclipse the 9,000 career passing yards mark in the win over the Hoosiers. He currently ranks 13th all-time in Big Ten history with 9,343 career passing yards.
- Michigan extended several streaks with a 45-7 victory against Nebraska last weekend. The Wolverines have won 17 straight games against Big Ten teams, the second-longest streak in school history. The Wolverines are averaging a scoring margin of +28.4 across their five wins this season, the fourth-highest figure in the country, the best in the Big Ten and the best scoring margin to start the season since 1904. They’ve won 25 straight games against unranked teams for the third-longest active win streak nationally. They also didn’t commit a penalty in a game for the first time this century.
- Iowa recorded its’ 19th consecutive game holding opponents under 400 yards, marking the longest active streak in the FBS, with a 26-16 victory against Michigan State last weekend. The Hawkeyes had two interceptions in the game for the first time, improving to a 27-17 advantage in points off turnovers this season. Hawkeye junior Cooper DeJean returned a 70-yard punt which is the 15th longest return in program history. It marked the first punt return of his career and the longest play of the season for Iowa.
- The Penn State defense fueled the 41-13 win against Northwestern on Saturday. The Nittany Lions recorded posted six sacks, an interception, two forced turnovers, 12 tackles for loss and held the Wildcats to 175 total yards. It’s the fifth time in the last two seasons that Penn State held a Big Ten team to fewer than 200 total yards with all five of those coming in their last seven conference games. Penn State joins UCLA as the only FBS teams to allow fewer than four yards per play.
- Twelve Big Ten Conference students are among the 201 semifinalists for the 2023 William V. Campbell Trophy. Now in its 34th year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Representing the Big Ten as this year’s Campbell Trophy semifinalists are Illinois’ Isaiah Williams, Indiana’s Trey Walker, Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa, Michigan’s Zak Zinter, Michigan State’s Maverick Hansen, Nebraska’s Brian Buschini, Northwestern’s Bryce Gallagher, Ohio State’s Cody Simon, Penn State’s Olu Fashanu, Purdue’s Gus Hartwig, Rutgers’ Mayan Ahanotu and Wisconsin’s Maema Njongmeta.
- The 2023 campaign will feature 99 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season, with Ohio State leading the way with 16 all-conference returnees. The East Division welcomes back 56 all-conference players, while the West returns 43. Illinois is the only West team with double-digit all-conference returnees with 10, while each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning.
- Last season, the Big Ten posted the fifth-highest single-season attendance total in conference history with 6,333,196 fans attending home games. Excluding 2020, this marked the ninth consecutive season and 10th time in 11 seasons that more than six million fans have attended Big Ten home football games.
- This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Monday, January 1, 2024, at the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl. Houston will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 8, 2024, at NRG Stadium. The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.