Tuesday, July 23, 2024

CFB Week 2 Conference Notes: Big 10 Conference

WEEK 2 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
Western Illinois at MINNESOTA
Noon | Big Ten Network

Duke at NORTHWESTERN
Noon | FS1

Arkansas State at OHIO STATE
Noon | Big Ten Network

Ohio at PENN STATE
Noon | ABC

MARYLAND at Charlotte
3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Washington State at WISCONSIN
3:30 p.m. | FOX

Virginia at ILLINOIS
4 p.m. | ESPNU

Iowa State at IOWA
4 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Akron at MICHIGAN STATE
4 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Indiana State at PURDUE
4 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Wagner at RUTGERS
4 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Georgia Southern at NEBRASKA
7:30 p.m. | FS1

Idaho at INDIANA
8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Hawaii at MICHIGAN
8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

All times Eastern

BIG TEN. BIG NEWS.
• All 14 Big Ten schools will be in action this Saturday, highlighted by a pair of teams hosting non-conference opponents in their home openers: Northwestern and Penn State. The complete Week 2 schedule appears to the right.

• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 5 Michigan, No. 14 Michigan State and No. 19 Wisconsin. Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue are all receiving votes.

• Minnesota and Wisconsin currently rank among the top 15 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Gophers and Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense after shutting out their Week 1 opponents, while the pair tie for No. 15 nationally in scoring offense averaging 38.0 points per contest.

• The Big Ten currently features five programs that rank among the top 25 nationally in rushing offense: Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers and Wisconsin. The Gophers rank fourth in the nation, averaging 297.0 yards per game, while the Badgers rank 18th (221.0), the Wildcats sit at No. 19 (214.0), the Scarlet Knights check in at No. 20 (212.0) and the Huskers round out the list at No. 24 (177.0).

• Iowa welcomes in-state rival Iowa State to Kinnick Stadium this Saturday for the 69th meeting of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Hawkeyes have won six straight games in the series, the longest streak since winning 15 consecutive games from 1983-97. The Hawkeyes are also outscoring the Cyclones, 175-98, during the six games.

• Ohio State head coach Ryan Day’s teams improved to 9-3 overall against non-conference teams, 14-4 vs. Top 25-ranked teams, 19-1 at home and 35-4 overall with the Buckeyes’ 21-10 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame last weekend. The win marked the Buckeyes’ first regular season non-conference win against a top-five team since 2006 at Texas. The Buckeyes won their season opener for the 23rd straight time, the longest active streak in FBS.

• Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen scored on a 96-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of Saturday’s 38-0 victory against Illinois State, breaking the school record of 93 yards set by James White against Indiana on Nov. 16, 2013. It is also tied for the third-longest run by a Big Ten player in history, and the longest run for a conference player in 35 years. Mickey Erehart of Indiana (Nov. 9, 1912) and Darrell Thompson of Minnesota (Nov. 7, 1987) both had 98-yard runs. Iowa’s Eddie Vincent also had a 96-yard run on Nov. 6, 1954.

• Rutgers opened the 2022 season on a high note with a come-from-behind 22-21 victory over Boston College on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. The win marked the first against the Eagles since 1991. The Scarlet Knights ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns, marking the most rushing yards in a non-conference game against an Autonomy Five team since 2015 against Kansas.

• The 2022 campaign will feature 94 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Ohio State leads the way, welcoming back 17 All-Big Ten honorees this season. Each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning this season, with 56 of the 94 returning All-Big Ten players coming from the East Division.

• The Big Ten finished last season with four teams ranked in the AP Top 25 for the second straight year, which was tied for second-most of any conference. Three teams finished in the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. The 2022 AP Preseason Poll also featured four Big Ten teams in No. 2 Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 18 Wisconsin, while Iowa, Penn State, Minnesota, Purdue, and Nebraska are all receiving votes.

• This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 31, 2022, at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl and Chickfil-A Peach Bowl. The Los Angeles region will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, 2023, at SoFi 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.

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