As always, we begin with the non-con.
Indiana State got run over by South Dakota State 32-17. It took a late ISU touchdown and two point conversion to make the score look respectable. The Jackrabbits were greatly aided by Zach Zenner's 94 yard touchdown run and a 91 touchdown yard pass from Austin Sumner to Jake Wieneke. The time of possession was nearly even, but South Dakota State out gained the Sycamores 510-322. 6-4 Indiana State travels to Youngstown State this Saturday.
Bowling Green held off Akron 27-10. The Falcons were the beneficiaries of 5 Akron turnovers, including a 3rd quarter fumble recovery for a touchdown that ended up being the clinching score for Bowling Green. The Zips did out gain the Falcons 398-389, but could not capitalize on that advantage. 6-3 Bowling Green hosts Kent State tomorrow night in their weekly #MACtion game.
Missouri was on a bye. They travel to Texas A&M this Saturday.
North Texas ended a four game losing streak (which IU started) with a 31-10 win over Florida Atlantic. The Mean Green held FAU to just 197 yards of total offense, and forced the Owls into just their third interception of the year, which led to a 3 yard touchdown run for North Texas' Jarrod Lynn. Antoinne Jimmerson tacked on the first Mean Green touchdown with a 41 yard touchdown run on the way to a 111 yard rushing performance. 3-6 North Texas travels to UTEP this Saturday night.
And in the B1G:
Maryland was on a bye. They host #8 Michigan State this Saturday night.
Iowa got wrecked by Minnesota in the battle for Floyd of Rosedale. The Hawkeyes scored the first touchdown of the game on a 1 yard Mark Weisman touchdown run, and the last touchdown of the game on a 24 yard pass from C.J. Beathard to Andrew Stone. In between, Minnesota scored 51 straight points, including 4 Mitch Leidner touchdown passes, 3 of which went to sophomore tight end Maxx Williams. Iowa had 205 yards of offense; Mitch Leidner, between his arm and legs, had 215. The 6-3 Hawkeyes travel to Illinois this Saturday.
The epic clash between #8 Michigan State and #14 Ohio State came down to a brilliant performance by J.T. Barrett, leading the Buckeyes to a 49-37 win over the Spartans. The teams combined for over 1100 yards of total offense, and 54 first downs. Barrett threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for 2 more, while Connor Cook threw for 358 yards, but only 2 touchdown passes in a losing effort. Ohio State did lose two fumbles, but Michigan State was only able to turn one of them into points, missing a field goal on the other bonus possession. 7-2 Michigan State travels to Maryland this Saturday night, while 8-1 Ohio State travels to Minnesota.
Michigan arguably had a football game with Northwestern, and the Wolverines came out as 10-9 winners. Northwestern was held to negative rushing yards, but had a chance to win the game until Trevor Siemian slipped and fell during a two point conversion attempt. The teams combined for 6 turnovers, as well as three failed 4th down conversions, and only 11 for 33 on third down (Michigan was 1 for 12). 5-5 Michigan is off this Saturday.
Rutgers was on a bye. They host the Hoosiers this Saturday afternoon.
Purdue put up a valiant effort, but couldn't hang with #25 Wisconsin, losing 34-16. Melvin Gordon rolled up 205 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Badgers, who held Purdue to just 230 yards of offense, 204 of which came through the air. Purdue led early and got as close as 24-16 before Tanner McEvoy ran for a 13 yard touchdown late in the third quarter to seal it. 3-7 Purdue is on a bye this week.