First of all, let me start by congratulating Joe Pa for getting his 409th win, making him the winningest coach in division I college football, with the 10-7 escape over Illinois in State College. Although his head coaching duties have been reduced, it’s a tremendous accomplishment! Not only has Joe Pa earned his record breaking win, but Penn State currently stands as the leader (pun intended) in the Leaders Divison with a 5-0 record.
Penn State’s win also means Illinois’ third straight loss, bringing their once 6-0 record to 6-3 with their next two games against ranked Michigan and Wisconsin.
Wisconsin was still feeling the hangover from last week’s devastating loss to MSU as they fell to Ohio State. The loss, essentially, leaves Wisconsin out of the Big Ten title race. Incredibly disappointing for what was thought to be a possible National Championship season for Bucky.
Nebraska is keeping their Big Ten title hopes alive with their win over Michigan State. Not a surprise…MSU has slightly over achieved this season with being able to pull off some close ones over Ohio State and Wisconsin. They could just as easily have been 4-4 at this point. Nebraska , besides having an embarrassing loss to Wisconsin, has looked pretty solid! We’ll see how they can hold up later in the season with back-to-back road games against Penn State and Michigan.
I just feel bad for Indiana.
Iowa remained inconsistent with a surprising loss to Minnesota. Their schedule gets no easier with three of their last four games against Michigan, Michigan State, and Nebraska. Heck, they might even have to watch out for Purdue. Believe it or not, Minnesota is still eligible for a bowl. They’ll have to win out, but hey, they’re still alive!
Michigan came off of their bye week with a convincing win over Purdue, preserving their contention for a Legends Division title. For Purdue, even with their tough loss, they still stand at 4-4 on the season. Not bad for the Boilermakers thus far.
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