BIG TEN FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - WEEK 10 2HONORING LEGENDS. BUILDING LEADERS.
Big Ten universities provide over $141 million in direct financial aid to more than 8,200 student-athletesplaying on more than 300 teams in 43 different sports.
Minnesota became the fourth
Big Ten team, and third Legends Division squad,to reach the six-win standard and achieve bowl
eligibility. The Gophers knocked off nationallyranked Nebraska last weekend to reach thelandmark for the second straight season.
Minnesota has been to 15 postseason contestsin program history, having last appeared in the2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. The
Gophers join Michigan, Michigan State and OhioState as the Big Ten’s bowl-eligible programs.
Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin each have fivevictories and could become eligible for postsea
-son play with one more win.
Where We Rnk:
Four Big Ten teams appearedamong the top 25 in the latest BowlChampionship Series (BCS) standings, with
Michigan State and Wisconsin making their first
appearances this season. Ohio State improvedto 8-0 overall and won its 20th straight game tohold steady at No. 4 in the BCS poll, whileMichigan had a bye and moved up to No. 21.The Spartans moved to 7-1 on the year and
were ranked No. 22, their first BCS ranking since
Dec. 4, 2011, while the Badgers had a bye onSaturday and were slotted at No. 24, their first
appearance since Oct. 21, 2012.
Four conference conteststhis weekend will be division matchups, includ
ing two within each division. In the LegendsDivision, Michigan travels to face first-place
Michigan State and Northwestern heads to
Nebraska. In the Leaders Division, Purdue hostsdivision-leader Ohio State and Penn State wel
comes Illinois. As part of divisional play, the Big
Ten has instituted a tiebreaker to determine the
Big Ten Football Championship Game partici
-pants, if necessary. After head-to-head match-
ups, the next tiebreaker is records within thedivision, which makes winning divisional games
an important part of the Big Ten title chase. SeePage 11 of this release for the full tiebreaker.
Fory is he New 30:
With five teams rankedamong the top 16 in scoring offense, and theconference as a whole second nationally at 33.46
points per game, Big Ten offenses are amongsome of the most prolific in the nation. WithOhio State and Michigan State both scoring more
than 40 points last weekend, conference teamshave combined to score 40 points or more 36
times this season, already surpassing last year’s
total of 27 such instances. Seven conferenceteams have crossed the 40-point barrier at least
three times in 2013, with Ohio State leading the
way with six such outings. Michigan has scored atleast 40 points five times, Wisconsin and Indianahave done so four times and Illinois, MichiganState and Minnesota have three 40-point perfor
-mances. Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska
and Wisconsin are among the nation’s top 16 inscoring offense, each averaging 39.9 points or
more per game this year.
Michigan State quarterback
Connor Cook now ranks among the conference’sall-time single-game leaders in completion per-centage with his effort against Illinois last
Saturday. Cook completed 15 of 16 passes, a93.8 completion percentage, for 208 yards andthree touchdowns. His 93.8 percentage is sev
-enth on the Big Ten’s single-game list and he
joins Northwestern’s Kain Colter as this year’s
additions to the chart. Colter was a perfect
12-for-12 against Ohio State on Oct. 5, which is
tied for first in Big Ten single-game history.
Two rivalry trophies will be on the
line this weekend when Iowa hosts Wisconsinand Michigan State welcomes Michigan. TheHawkeyes and Badgers first competed for the
Heartland Trophy, a brass bull statue, in 2004,with Iowa holding a 4-3 edge in the series.
Saturday’s Michigan-Michigan State contest fea-tures the battle of the Paul Bunyan Trophy. It is
the 61st time the teams will meet with the trav
-eling keepsake on the line, with Michigan holding
the all-time edge in the series, 35-23-2. In 1953,then-Michigan Governor G. Mennen Williams
donated the four-foot wooden statue to markMichigan State’s acceptance into the Big Ten.
Thanks to the attendancefigures following last weekend’s games across
the conference, Big Ten stadiums have wel
-comed more than four million fans through theturnstiles this year. It is the 21st straight seasonthe conference has crossed the four-million
mark in total attendance and the 24th yearoverall. The all games average of 70,932 fansper contest would rank sixth on the confer
-ence’s all-time chart, and the conference games
only average of 73,675 is on pace to be the
highest in Big Ten history.
Coch, School Creer (Yrs) A School (Yrs) Big Ten Only
Kirk Ferentz, IOWA 117-98 (18th) 105-77 (15th) 61-55Brady Hoke, MICH 72-58 (11th) 25-8 (3rd) 14-5Mark Dantonio, MSU 76-46 (10th) 58-29 (7th) 34-18Jerry Kill, MINN 142-91 (20th) 15-18 (3rd) 6-14Bo Pelini, NEB 54-22 (6th) 54-22 (6th) 14-5Pat Fitzgerald, NU 54-43 (8th) 54-43 (8th) 26-34
Tim Beckman, ILL 26-30 (5th) 5-14 (2nd) 0-11Kevin Wilson, IND 8-23 (3rd) 8-23 (3rd) 3-16Urban Meyer, OSU 124-23 (12th) 20-0 (2nd) 12-0Bill O’Brien, PSU 12-7 (2nd) 12-7 (2nd) 7-4Darrell Hazell, PUR 17-16 (3rd) 1-6 (1st) 0-3Gary Andersen, WIS 35-33 (6th) 5-2 (1st) 3-1
BIG TEN COACHING RECORDSBIG TEN. BIG NEWS.
BIG TENPLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Oensive Plyer of he WeekBrxon Miller, Ohio SeJr., QB, Huber Heighs, Ohio/Wyne
• Had a hand in ve Ohio State touchdowns, includingthree passing and two rushing, in the Buckeyes’ victoryover Penn State• Finished with 320 yards of total oense, compleng 18of 24 passes for a career-high 252 yards, and rushing for68 yards on 11 carries in less than three quarters• Has been a part of 61 Ohio State touchdowns in hiscareer, ed for third in program history• Records his third career weekly honor and second this
• Last Ohio State Oensive Player of the Week:Carlos Hyde (Oct. 7, 2013)
Defensive Plyer of he WeekJmes Morris, IowSr., LB, Solon, Iow/Solon
• Recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss and twosacks, and recovered a fumble in Iowa’s overme victoryover Northwestern• Recovered a Wildcat fumble late in the second quarter,thwarng the drive and preserving Iowa’s 10-point lead• Became the rst player in the Football Bowl Subdivisionto record three intercepons, three sacks and 50 tackles
• Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week
honor and second this season
• Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week:James Morris (Sept. 30, 2013)
Specil Tems Plyer of he WeekChris Hwhorne, MinnesoSr., K, Rleigh, N.C./Leesville Rod
• Converted on both eld goal aempts and four extrapoints to help Minnesota defeat naonally ranked
• Connected on a 26-yarder in the second quarter to givethe Gophers a 17-10 lead• Made a 45-yard try in the third quarter, giving Minnesotaa 27-13 advantage• Claims his rst career Special Teams Player of the Week
• Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week:Marcus Jones (Sept. 9, 2013)
Freshmn of he WeekDonre Wilson, Ohio SeRB, DeSoo, Texs/Desoo
• Finished with 96 all-purpose yards and a touchdown inOhio State’s victory over Penn State• Recorded a career-long 49 yard kicko return in thesecond quarter, leading to the Buckeyes’ h touchdown• Was on the receiving end of a 26-yard touchdown passfrom Braxton Miller in the third quarter• Wins his rst career weekly award• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week:Joey Bosa (Oct. 7, 2013)