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Big Ten Week 8 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 8 of the Big Ten season.


Big Ten Week 8 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know

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Big Ten Week 8 Rankings

1. Michigan (7-0)
2. Ohio State (6-1)
3. Wisconsin (5-2)
4. Nebraska (7-0)
5. Penn State (5-2)
6. Northwestern (4-3)
7. Iowa  (5-3)
8. Minnesota (5-2)
9. Maryland (5-2)
10. Indiana (3-4)
11. Michigan State (2-5)
12. Purdue (3-4)
13. Illinois (2-5)
14. Rutgers (2-6)

Big Ten Week 8 Roundup

In a complete and total meltdown, Ohio State held a 21-7 lead over Penn State in the fourth quarter, but the special teams fell off the map with a blocked punt leading to Nittany Lion points and a 60-yard Grant Haley return of a blocked field goal ended a run of 17 unanswered points. While the Penn State offense struggled and sputtered, the D line stepped up against the run and got to J.T. Barrett just enough to screw up the Buckeye attack in the fourth quarter. … Yawn. Michigan got up 34-0 on Illinois in the third quarter and chilled it out from there. The Wolverine defense was suffocating, holding Jeff Georgia Jr. – yeah, son of that Jeff George – to 4-of-15 passes while allowing 172 yards of total offense. Wilton Speight threw two touchdown passes. … Nebraska once again looked shaky, but it got the job done in the second half against Purdue. Interim Boilermaker head coach Gerad Parker got two DeAngelo Yancey TDs on the way to a 14-10 halftime lead, but the Husker D stepped up in the second half. Tommy Armstrong ran for 51 yards and a score and threw for 252 yards and a TD. … Wisconsin continues to stink in the red zone, and the placekicking is an issue, but the defense didn’t allow a touchdown at Iowa. Corey Clement looked fantastic running for 134 yards for the Badgers. … Minnesota had to fight way, way, WAY too hard to put away Rutgers in a 34-32 win. The Gophers survived on a missed Scarlet Knight field goal in the final seconds to avoid the complete and utter meltdown after getting up big early. Mitch Leidner was back for the Gophers, running for a score and hitting 11-of-18 passes for 156 yards, but even though the running game rocked – Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks combined for 198 yards and two scores – the Minnesota D couldn’t slow down Rutgers QB Giovanni Rescigno in the second half. … Northwestern continues to be terrific. Justin Jackson ran for 94 yards against Indiana, but Clayton Thorson’s three touchdown passes in the first half helped the Cats get up 24-3. The NU defense bent, but rarely broke coming up with key stop after key stop highlighted by two brilliant interceptions. … The Michigan State defense continues to meltdown. Maryland took over in the second half on the way to 247 rushing yards. Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison each ran for over 100 yards, while Perry Hills was brilliant completing 21-of-27 passes for 200 yards and two scores. The Spartan offense was abysmal through the air – Brian Lewerke completed 11-of-24 passes for 156 yards, but LJ Scott ran for 270 and a score.

Big Ten Week 8 Bowl Projections

Fiesta Bowl
Ohio State vs. Washington

Rose Bowl
Michigan vs. Washington State

Capital One Orange Bowl
Louisville vs. Wisconsin

Outback Bowl
Nebraska vs. Florida

National Funding Holiday Bowl
Penn State vs. USC

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
LSU vs. Northwestern

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Pitt vs. Iowa

Foster Farms Bowl
Minnesota vs. Colorado

Quick Lane Bowl
Duke vs. Indiana

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Maryland vs. Middle Tennessee