The BIG-10 started their schedule on Saturday and the PAC-12 will begin play on November 7th.
5 Things We Learned in Week 8:
5) Wisconsin continues to roll:
#14 Wisconsin led 28-7 at halftime and cruised to a 45-7 victory over Illinois. Quarterback Graham Mertz threw for 248 yards and 5 touchdown passes. When we think of the Badgers, we think of their great running game. If Mertz can provide offense, this team could contend for the Big-10 title.
4) Is Scott Frost on the hot seat?
Frost led UCF to a 13-0 record in 2017. He left UCF to become the head coach of his alma mater, Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers lost to No.5 Ohio State 52-17. The game was tied at 14-14 before OSU outscored Nebraska 38-3. If Frost doesn’t make it to a bowl game, he may be on the hot seat.
3) Indiana upsets #8 Penn State:
Penn State dominated this game statistically but lost in overtime 36-35. They outgained The Hoosiers, 488 to 211, had 27 first downs to 16 and owned the time of possession, 40:25 to 19:35. Michael Penix forced overtime with a 2-point conversion run with 22 seconds left, then scored on a diving 2-point conversion. Indiana ended the Big Ten’s longest streak of consecutive losses to Top 10 teams at 42. This was a game the Nittany Lions should have never lost.
2) Jim Harbaugh silences his critics for at least a week:
#18 Michigan went into Minnesota and defeated the #21 Gophers 49-24. The Wolverines were in control of this game from start to finish. Joe Milton passed for 255 yards and ran for another 52. Michigan could be a top 10 team even if they lost to Ohio State.
1) Jaylen Waddle out for the season:
The Alabama Crimson Tide beat up on Tennessee, 48-17. This was a big win for Bama, but it came with a price. Jaylen Waddle was injured on the opening kickoff of Saturday’s game. After being ruled out for the game shortly after he went into the locker room, Waddle was announced as having suffered a broken ankle, which will sideline him for the remainder of the 2020 season. This is a tremendous loss for Nick Saban. Waddle was arguable their best wide receiver.
The Sports Whisperer’s Top 5
4) Notre Dame
3) Ohio State
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