Ones to watch during Big Ten Week 7:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Purdue at No.2 in Iowa
The Hawkeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) have 12 straight wins and come off a spectacular victory over Penn State in what was a battle between the top five teams. Iowa’s schedule is getting considerably easier now, but now is no time to stop. The Boilermakers (3-2, 1-1) have won three of the last four games. Purdue is unstable as a quarterback, with Jack Plummer starting the first four games and Aidan O’Connell getting the green light in the fifth. Whoever starts will face an Iowa defense that leads the nation with 16 interceptions and 20 takeaways.
Army offensive (4-1) against the defense of Wisconsin (2-3, 1-2). It’s always difficult to prepare to defend the Black Knights’ triple-option offense, which generates 318 rushing yards per game and ranks second nationally. Wisconsin’s defense should be up to par. The Badgers allow 41 yards per game rushing and have allowed just five carries of 10 yards or more. A huge key is whether Army QB Christian Anderson is back from injury. Without him, the Knights were limited to 3.5 yards per carry, the lowest of the season, by Ball State.
IN THE FIGURES
Rutgers (3-3, 0-3) start his match at Northwestern (2-3, 0-2) in search of a fourth win in a season for the first time since 2017 and the second time since entering the Big Ten in 2014 The Scarlet Knights are 4-2 on the road since Greg Schiano returned for the 2020 season and will make their first appearance at Ryan Field since 1989. They started 3-0 but have lost three games. suite against opponents ranked in the Big Ten. They have not finished above 0.500 in conference since 2012, when they were in the Grand Est.
Indiana (2-3, 0-2) is a 4-1 / 2-point underdog at home against No.10 Michigan State (6-0, 3-0), according to FanDuel Sportsbook. No one would have seen that was the case before the season. The follow-up to the Hoosiers’ 2020 season breakthrough has been disappointing, and now quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is injured again. Michigan State was a revelation and is one of the three undefeated Big Ten teams. Indiana’s best chance of winning is slowing down Spartans Kenneth Walker III RB, which only Nebraska accomplished.
Nebraska fourth-year starting quarterback (3-4, 1-3) Adrian Martinez starts a road game against Minnesota (3-2, 1-1) having the best season of their career. He has very little to show for this, however. Three of the Huskers’ four losses are against top 10 opponents, and in two of those three, Martinez had a game-changing fumble. Martinez has hurt the Gophers with his run both times he’s faced them, and he’s highly motivated as the Huskers battle for bowl eligibility.