Rossow's Big Ten report

Rossow's Big Ten report

Jim Rossow’s
Big Ten Report


Illinois    0    0    2    0
Ohio State    0    0    2    0
Penn State    0    0    2    0
Wisconsin    0    0    2    0
Indiana    0    0    1    1
Purdue    0    0    1    1

Michigan    0    0    2    0
Michigan State    0    0    2    0
Minnesota    0    0    2    0
Nebraska    0    0    2    0
Northwestern    0    0    2    0
Iowa    0    0    1    1

Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17; Penn State 45, Eastern Michigan 7; Purdue 20, Indiana State 14; Iowa 28, Missouri State 14; Wisconsin 48, Tennessee Tech 0; Michigan State 21, South Florida 6; Ohio State 42, San Diego State 7; Navy 41, Indiana 35; Nebraska 56, Southern Miss 13; Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27; Minnesota 44, New Mexico State 14; Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30.

Illinois vs. Washington    5 p.m.
Akron at Michigan    11 a.m.
UCLA at Nebraska    11 a.m.
Bowling Green at Indiana    11 a.m.
Western Illinois at Minnesota    11 a.m.
Youngstown at Michigan State    1 p.m.
Iowa at Iowa State    5 p.m.
Ohio State at Cal    6 p.m.
Notre Dame at Purdue    7 p.m.
W. Michigan at Northwestern    8 p.m.
Wisconsin at Arizona State    9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s stars
CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG, Penn State. Passed like Chuck Fusina — again. Freshman has 588 yards passing in two games.

FANS, Michigan. An NCAA-record 115,109 took in Saturday night’s doozy against Notre Dame — even Meyers Leonard tweeted about it.

FANS, Northwestern. Sure, only 38,033 showed up. Still, that’s the largest home-opening attendance since 40,103 ditched the coffee shops to watch the Wildcats take on Michigan State in 2001.

DEFENSES, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Bucky became the first Big Ten team to open a season with back-to-back shutouts since Ohio State in 1963, in the process stretching its streak of not allowing a touchdown to 11 quarters. Sparty already has produced four defensive TDs.

OFFENSE, Indiana. Hoosiers set a school record for most points in consecutive games (108), surpassing the previous mark of 106 set in 1943 and 1945.

TOM HARMON’S JERSEY, Michigan. The Wolverines unretired No. 98 so quarterback Devin Gardner could wear it. “You see Tom Harmon photos and prints all over our building, knowing all of the things he accomplished on the field for this program and then representing our country, and to have the opportunity to speak to his family today, it’s kind of surreal. I’m extremely humbled and blessed,” Gardner said.

STANLEY JEAN-BAPTISE, Nebraska. Cornerback channeled his inner Mike Brown with an interception return for a TD, two pass breakups, three tackles and a tackle for loss.

BALANCE, Minnesota. That’s two straight games the Gophers have scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.

Saturday’s quote
“On a scale of 1 to 10? I’d say it’s about an eight. Is that good enough? I’m concerned.”  — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio when asked if he was worried about his team’s ineffective offense.

Bowl forecast
LOOKING GOOD: Northwestern. Talk about Friendly Confines. The Wildcats started a stretch of four consecutive games at Ryan Field by making Syracuse look silly. They won’t even have to fake injuries to beat Western Michigan and Maine and will be 4-0 when Ohio State visits. Go ahead and set the DVR now (7 p.m., Oct. 5).

LOOKING BAD: Iowa. Hard to believe the Hawkeyes haven’t won a Big Ten title since 2004, haven’t finished in the Top 25 since 2009 and haven’t won a bowl game since 2010. As bad as they looked Saturday, no reason to think there’s a chance any of those slumps end.

Tying his career high for touchdown passes in a game (four), Nathan Scheelhaase jumped two spots into fifth place on the school’s career list:
Kurt Kittner, 1998-2001    70
Juice Williams, 2006-09    56
Jack Trudeau, 1981-85    55
Jason Verduzco, 1989-92    42
Nathan Scheelhaase, 2010-    40
Jon Beutjer, 2002-04    39
Tony Eason, 1981-82    38
Johnny Johnson, 1992-95    35
Jeff George, 1988-89    31
Mike Wells, 1970-72    21

UI Schedule/results
Aug. 31    UI 42, Southern Illinois 34
Saturday     UI 45, Cincinnati 17
Sept. 14     vs. Washington*, 5 p.m.
Sept. 28     vs. Miami (Ohio), TBA
Oct. 5     at Nebraska, 11 a.m.
Oct. 19     vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26     vs. Michigan State, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 2     at Penn State, TBA
Nov. 9     at Indiana, TBA
Nov. 16     at Ohio State, TBA
Nov. 23     at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 30     vs. Northwestern, TBA
* — at Soldier Field, Chicago