Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Three still perfect

Jim Rossow's Big Ten report: Three still perfect

Ohio State    2    0    6    0
Wisconsin    2    1    4    2
Penn State    1    1    4    2
Indiana    1    1    3    3
Illinois    0    1    3    2
Purdue    0    2    1    5

Michigan State    2    0    5    1
Nebraska    2    0    5    1
Michigan    1    1    5    1
Iowa    1    1    4    2
Minnesota    0    2    4    2
Northwestern    0    2    4    2

Michigan State 42    Indiana 28
Nebraska 44    Purdue 7
Wisconsin 35    Northwestern 6
Penn State 43    Michigan 40 (4OT)

Purdue at Michigan State    11 a.m.
Minnesota at Northwestern    11 a.m.
Indiana at Michigan    2:30 p.m.
Iowa at Ohio State    2:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Illinois    7 p.m.

Saturday’s stars

RANDY GREGORY, Nebraska. Safety channeled his inner Josh Bullocks with two sacks — one resulting in a safety — a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.*

JORDAN WESTERKAMP, Nebraska. News-Gazette All-Stater from Lombard Montini had a career-high three receptions for a career-high 53 yards.*

TRUE FRESHMEN, Michigan State. Delton Williams rushed for a career-high 92 yards. R.J. Shelton scored his first college touchdown. No wonder Sparty’s offense is rounding into form (400-plus yards in back-to-back games).

PASS RUSHERS, Wisconsin. The Badgers had a season-high seven sacks — by seven different players. The last time Bucky had as many as seven: 2003.

JAMES WHITE’S EGO, Wisconsin. Despite never getting the spotlight to himself — all 13 times he’s rushed for 100 yards, a teammate also has cracked the century mark — the running back keeps churning (101 yards vs. Northwestern). Bucky is 13-0 when White reaches 100 yards.

BILL BELTON, Penn State. Before he ended the longest game in Penn State history with a TD run in the fourth overtime, tailback converted a clutch fourth-down run. “If I don’t get the yard,” he said, “I’m going to hear it the rest of the time I’m here.”

CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG, Penn State. Freshman threw for 300 yards again. Keep it up and he could be first-team All-Big Ten.
* Then again, it was Purdue.

Bowl outlook

LOOKING GOOD: Michigan State. If the refs weren’t so lousy in the Notre Dame game — remember all those $@*&!*@#%^ pass-interference calls? — Sparty would be unbeaten and men’s basketball practice would be an afterthought. Still, the remaining schedule is among the easiest of Big Ten contenders (no Wisconsin, Ohio State or Penn State). What will determine if Michigan State gets to its first BCS bowl since the ‘87 season is how it handles back-to-back trips to Nebraska and Northwestern in mid-November.  

LOOKING BAD: Northwestern. Chicago’s Little Caesars Team isn’t such a cute story anymore. With trips to Iowa and Nebraska remaining as well as games against Michigan and Michigan State — both of which will bring more fans to Ryan Field than the home team — the slumping Wildcats need to worry about getting to six wins as opposed to winning the Legends Division. Oh, well, there’s always women’s lacrosse.


Tim Beckman is 5-12 at Illinois. How does that stack up against previous coaches? A look at the last 10 after 17 games:
Ron Zook    4-13
Ron Turner    2-15
Lou Tepper    7-9-1
John Mackovic    10-6-1
Mike White    6-10-1
Gary Moeller    4-11-2
Bob Blackman    5-12
Jim Valek    4-13
Pete Elliott    5-12
Ray Eliot    8-9


Aug. 31    UI 42, Southern Illinois 34
Sept. 7    UI 45, Cincinnati 17
Sept. 14    Washington 34, UI 24
Sept. 28    UI 50, Miami (Ohio) 14
Oct. 5    Nebraska 39, UI 19
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     vs. Ohio State, TBA
Nov. 23     at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 30     vs. Northwestern, TBA


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