Here are some trivia tidbits guaranteed to make you the smartest person in your stadium section on Saturday (thanks to Big Ten sports information offices and ESPN Stats & Info for the nuggets):
Michigan State has forced 38 “three-and-out” drives this season, tied with Wisconsin for the Big Ten lead. It’s the second most forced against FBS opponents.
Nebraska leads the Big Ten and is tied for seventh most in FBS with 51 plays that gained 20 yards or more. The Cornhuskers are one of three FBS teams with at least 20 pass and rush 20-plus yards plays (Texas A&M and Ohio State).
With one more passing touchdown, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will become the first player in Big Ten history to post 50 career passing touchdowns and 40 career rushing touchdowns. Robinson hasn't thrown a second-half interception this season.
Minnesota is looking for its first home win over Michigan since 1977 and has a 14-game home losing streak at home to the Wolverines. The Gophers are seeking their second straight Big Ten win for the first time since they beat Illinois and Iowa to end the 2010 season.
Saturday's game between Iowa and Indiana features two teams with good hands. The Hoosiers are the only team in the FBS who have not lost a fumble this season, while the Hawkeyes have only lost two, ranking third in the country behind IU and Clemson (1). Iowa's defense has collected at least one takeaway in seven of its eight games this season, and six of the Hawkeyes' 15 turnovers gained have come in the opponents' red zone.
Indiana has scored at least 24 points in every game this season and nine straight overall dating back to last year, which is a school record. The Hoosiers have already scored more points this year (274) than they did all of last season (257). Running back Stephen Houston has scored in every game this season and in nine straight games overall, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
Since 1988, Illinois has beaten Ohio State seven times out of 11 games in Columbus. The Illini's nine overall victories against the Buckeyes in that time span is second only to Michigan's 12.
Braxton Miller (1,093) is the first Ohio State quarterback and just the third Big Ten quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (Michigan's Robinson and Indiana's Antwaan Randle El are the others). Miller needs one more rushing touchdown to tie for the school record for rushing touchdowns in a season (13). Miller needs just one more touchdown to move into sixth place in school history for career touchdowns responsible for, and he's only a sophomore.
Speaking of sophomores, Penn State's Allen Robinson has already broken the school record for most catches by a sophomore. With 52 receptions, Robinson needs just 12 more grabs to become the school's single-season receptions leader, eclipsing O.J. McDuffie (1992) and Bobby Engram (1995)
In each of the last three games, Purdue has scored a touchdown on its opening drive. And in each of those three games, all losses, the Boilermakers have not produced another offensive touchdown until the second half.