What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 9 of the Big Ten season.
Big Ten Week 9 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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Big Ten Week 9 Rankings
1. Michigan (8-0)
2. Ohio State (7-1)
3. Wisconsin (6-2)
4. Nebraska (7-1)
5. Penn State (6-2)
6. Northwestern (4-4)
7. Iowa (5-3)
8. Minnesota (6-2)
9. Indiana (4-4)
10. Maryland (5-3)
11. Michigan State (2-6)
12. Purdue (3-5)
13. Illinois (2-6)
14. Rutgers (2-6)
Big Ten Week 9 Roundup
Wisconsin 23, Nebraska 17, OT
Prediction: Wisconsin 26, Nebraska 16, UW -8.5
Quick Take: Wisconsin did everything possible to give away the game to Nebraska, and Nebraska almost took it. From a late missed field goal, to a missed overtime extra point, to two horrible picks by the two Badger quarterbacks, to an inability to put the game away in the fourth quarter, it was a shaky game for Bucky. But in overtime, the UW O line dominated on its possession, and the D held its own when it had to. Dare Ogunbowale tore off 120 yards and the game-winning score on 11 carries, and Corey Clement ran 19 times for a tough 82 yards. But the Badger QBs struggled, with the coaching staff looking for an option. Meanwhile, Nebraska got a rough day from Tommy Armstrong – 12-of-31 for 153 yards and two picks, with 39 rushing yards and a score – but it almost pulled it out.
Ohio State 24, Northwestern 20
Prediction: Ohio State 34, Northwestern 17, OSU -26
Quick Take: Ohio State’s offense just can’t seem to find its groove again with key parts disappearing at key times, but J.T. Barrett managed to do just enough to keep things moving. Mike Weber ran for 87 yards and two scores, but the coaching staff stopped giving him the ball. He doesn’t take on a heavy workload, but he only got 14 carries. Northwestern got one great run out of Justin Jackson, but couldn’t get him going. Even so, Clayton Thorson almost pulled it off, throwing for 256 yards and a score – with Austin Carr coming up with eight grabs for 158 yards – and running for 44 yards and a touchdowns. The Wildcats looked solid, but Ohio State survived to keep the CFP dreams alive.
Michigan 32, Michigan State 23
Prediction: Michigan 34, Michigan State 17, Mich. -23
Quick Take: Michigan State missed its opportunities. Michigan dominated most of the game after a good early scoring drive from the Spartans, but MSU had its chances and couldn’t connect. LJ Scott ran for 139 yards and a score MSU, but all three QBs got into the mix and struggled with injuries and, again, missed plays. The Wolverine ground game never got into a groove, but Wilton Speight stretched the field, getting help from eight catches for 165 yards from Amara Darboh.
Penn State 62, Purdue 24
Prediction: Penn State 30, Purdue 27, PSU -11.5
Quick Take: You want to make a statement to prove that the Ohio State win might not have been much of a fluke? You hang 62 points on the board on the road. Penn State got a massive day out of Saquon Barkley, running for 207 yards and two scores and catching three passes for a game-high 70 yards? Purdue put up a great fight for a half, but four turnovers and no takeaways turned this into a blowout. QB David Blough kept winging it – throwing 50 times for 281 yards and two scores – but the D couldn’t hold up over the last 30 minutes.
Minnesota 40, Illinois 17
Prediction: Minnesota 30, Illinois 16, Minn. -6
Quick Take: Minnesota took advantage of three takeaways, and no turnovers, to take control early and never let it go. It wasn’t a day for throwing the ball with the wind proving to be a problem, so the Gophers rolled on the ground with Rodney Smith tearing off 100 yards and two scores and Shannon Brooks adding 59 more with a score. Mitch Leidner came up with short, effective passes, and helped the Gophers pull away late with effective drive after effective drive. Illinois couldn’t hang on to the ball with three fumbles and not enough good drives. The running game is still a difficulty, running for 89 yards and a score averaging 2.6 yards per pop.
Indiana 42, Maryland 36
Prediction: Indiana 27, Maryland 24, Indiana -5
Quick Take: Indiana got funky, and it all worked. The offense kept using several options to throw a few different looks at the Terps, getting over 100 rushing yards from Devine Redding, Tyler Natee, and Zander Diamont as IU ran for 414 yards and six scores. Maryland more than kept up the pace with 269 rushing yards and three scores as part of a 517-yard day from the offense, but the defense couldn’t tackle. Indiana cranked up 650 yards of total offense, and it needed all of them.
Big Ten Week 9 Bowl Projections
Capital One Orange Bowl
National Funding Holiday Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Foster Farms Bowl
Quick Lane Bowl
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl