As always, we begin with the Hoosiers' non-conference opponents.
Indiana State lost on a last second field goal to Illinois State, 20-18. The Redbirds, led by Tre Roberson at QB, scored both of their touchdowns on the ground, and tacked on a pair of Nick Aussieker field goals for their 20 points. Matt Ryan started at QB for the Sycamores, as usual starter Mike Perish was out with concussion-like symptoms. Indiana State failed to convert either of their two-point conversion attempts, which ended up being the difference. The 4-2 Sycamores travel to North Dakota State this Saturday.
Bowling Green cruised to a comfortable 31-13 victory over Ohio. While the Bobcats put up 513 yards of offense and 10 more first downs than the Falcons, they could not convert enough opportunities into points, and got rolled. 153 yards worth of penalties also doomed the Bobcats, despite controlling the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game. 5-2 Bowling Green hosts Western Michigan this Saturday.
#23 Missouri got blown out by a Georgia team that didn't seem to miss suspended star running back Todd Gurley too much, 34-0. The Bulldogs held Mizzou to just 147 yards of total offense, and only 17:37 for time of possession. Tigers QB Maty Mauk threw 4 interceptions and lost a fumble, accounting for all of the Tigers' turnovers himself. 4-2 Missouri travels to Florida this Saturday night.
North Texas did not recover well from getting beaten by IU, and got wrecked by UAB 56-21. The Blazers' defense was responsible for three of UAB's touchdowns, including both of UAB's first quarter touchdowns. Those were two of five Mean Green turnovers on the day, making what could have otherwise been a close game the exact opposite. 2-4 North Texas hosts Southern Miss this Saturday.
And inside the B1G:
Maryland, Rutgers, and Ohio State were on byes. Maryland hosts Iowa, and Rutgers travels to Ohio State this weekend.
#8 Michigan State survived a surprisingly tough battle with Purdue 45-31. Purdue was starting to drive for a potential tie when Austin Appleby's pass got picked off by Darien Harris and returned for a touchdown. The Boilers were able to put 340 yards of offense on the Spartans, but gave up 532. Michigan State also had a questionable fake punt backfire on them, and set Purdue up to have a chance late. 5-1 Michigan State comes to Bloomington this Saturday, while 3-4 Purdue travels to Minnesota.
Penn State tangled with struggling Michigan, but the Wolverines pulled out the 18-13 victory at the Big House. The teams played an evenly matched game, but Michigan was able to convert an extra field goal and a late safety to seal the win. Both teams had offensive struggles, with the Wolverines outgaining the Nittany Lions 256-214. A penalty on a late onside kick kept Penn State from having a great chance to wage a comeback. 4-2 Penn State and 3-4 Michigan are both on byes this week.