Big Ten Insider: Sparty takes it on the chin

Big Ten Insider: Sparty takes it on the chin

Jim Rossow's Big Ten Insider




Ohio State 0 0 3 0

Illinois 0 0 2 1

Indiana 0 0 2 1

Purdue 0 0 2 1

Wisconsin 0 0 2 1

Penn State 0 0 1 2


Minnesota 0 0 3 0

Northwestern 0 0 3 0

Iowa 0 0 2 1

Michigan 0 0 2 1

Michigan State 0 0 2 1

Nebraska 0 0 2 1


Illinois 44 Charleston Southern 0

Minnesota 28 Western Michigan 23

Nebraska 42 Arkansas State 13

Purdue 54 Eastern Michigan 16

Ohio State 35 Cal 28

Penn State 34 Navy 7

Iowa 27 Northern Iowa 16

Michigan 63 UMass 13

Northwestern 22 Boston College 13

Ball State 41 Indiana 39

Notre Dame 20 Michigan State 3

Wisconsin 16 Utah State 14


Central Michigan at Iowa 11 a.m.

UAB at Ohio State 11 a.m.

UTEP at Wisconsin 11 a.m.

E. Michigan at Michigan St. 2:30 p.m.

Idaho State at Nebraska 2:30 p.m.

Temple vs. Penn State 2:30 p.m.

South Dakota at N'western 2:30 p.m.

Michigan at Notre Dame 6:30 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Illinois 7 p.m.

Syracuse at Minnesota 7 p.m.

saturday's stars

n COOPER BARTON, Michigan (fan). The 5-year-old from Oklahoma, who was forced to turn his Michigan T-shirt inside out by a kindergarten teacher, received a standing ovation during a first-quarter timeout at Michigan Stadium. A guest of the Wolverines, he turned the T-shirt around again to display a Michigan emblem.

n A.J. BARKER, Minnesota. Junior, who had one career catch before this season, stayed hot with five receptions — including three TDs — to up his three-game totals to four TDs and 231 yards.

n TAYLOR MARTINEZ, Nebraska. Joined Eric Crouch, Jammal Lord and Steve Taylor as the only QBs in school history with 2,000 career yards rushing. Martinez and Crouch are two of 25 players with at least 2,000 career rushing yards and 4,000 career passing yards.

n PASS RUSH, Ohio State. Buckeyes had six sacks, their most since 2009.

n JEFF BUDZIEN, Northwestern. Mr. Accuracy is 8 for 8 on field goal tries this season — he tied a school record with five against Boston College — and hasn't missed a PAT in his career (60 in a row).

n PLAY-CALLING, Purdue. The Boilermakers had three scoring drives of more than 90 yards (99, 98, 95), converted 10 of 15 third-down plays and averaged 7.9 yards per play.

n MICHIGAN QUARTERBACKS, past and present. Denard Robinson passed two pretty good NFLers — Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh — on the school's career passing list. His former backup, Devin Gardner, has caught a TD pass in all three games.

saturday's quote

n "Nobody else in the conference played three BCS teams." — Northwestern coach PAT FITZGERALD, whose world-beating Wildcats are 3-0 despite avoiding the Charleston Southerns of the world.

bowl forecast

n LOOKING GOOD: Minnesota. Hard to believe the Gophers haven't played in a January bowl game since the 1962 Rose Bowl when coach Murray Warmath's pesky bunch took it to UCLA 21-6. The good news is 1) the Big Ten has tie-ins to five January games this season and 2) the Gophers will fill one of the slots if they keep it up. We'll know more three games into the Big Ten schedule (at Iowa, vs. Northwestern, at Wisconsin).

n LOOKING BAD: Michigan State. Hard to believe Mark Dantonio hasn't taken the Spartans to a BCS bowl. Year 6 has a Capital One Bowl look to it after Saturday's slipup.

illini list

The Illini on Saturday improved to 12-0 against FCS competition:


2012 Charleston Southern 44-0

2011 South Dakota State 56-3

2010 Southern Illinois 35-3

2009 Illinois State 45-17

2008 Eastern Illinois 47-21

2007 Western Illinois 21-0

2006 Eastern Illinois 42-17

2004 Florida A&M 52-13

2002 Illinois State 49-22

1998 Middle Tennessee 48-20

1990 Southern Illinois 56-21

1985 Southern Illinois 28-25

illini schedule (2-1)


Sept. 1 W. Michigan W, 24-7

Sept. 8 at Arizona State L, 45-14

Saturday Charleston Southern W, 44-0

Sept. 22 Louisiana Tech 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 Penn State TBA

Oct. 6 at Wisconsin 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at Michigan 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 Indiana 11 a.m.

Nov. 3 at Ohio State TBA

Nov. 10 Minnesota TBA

Nov. 17 Purdue TBA

Nov. 24 at Northwestern TBA

Categories (3):Illini Sports, Football, Sports

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