Recognizing the best and the brightest around the Big Ten in Week 8 ...
Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon and QB Devin Gardner: He wears the Desmond Howard legacy jersey (No. 21) but Gallon did something Saturday that Howard never accomplished, setting a Big Ten single-game record with 369 receiving yards, the second-highest total in FBS history. Gallon recorded 14 receptions, had a pair of 70-yard gains and scored two touchdowns. Not to be forgotten on Gallon's record-setting day, Gardner shattered Michigan single-game records for pass yards (503) and total offensive yards (584) in the shootout win against Indiana. The junior completed 21 of 29 pass attempts and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (151 rush yards, 4 TDs) also merits a mention.
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and RB Carlos Hyde: The Buckeye backfield shares a sticker after leading another second-half surge. Miller completed 17 of his first 19 pass attempts and finished with 22 completions for 222 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, to go along with 102 rush yards on 18 carries. Hyde continues to wear down the opposition down the stretch and recorded 149 rush yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.
Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman: The man in the middle boosted his NFL stock Saturday as he triggered Minnesota to a road upset of Northwestern. Hageman recorded a second-quarter interception and had three knockdowns at the line of scrimmage, all on third downs to stifle Wildcats drives.
Michigan State LB Max Bullough: The Spartans needed their defense to rescue the offense on Saturday, and Bullough did his part, recording the sack and forced fumble that set up Denicos Allen's scoring return. He led Michigan State with 10 tackles, including two for loss, and had a quarterback hurry.
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: It was just another day in the office for the Badgers' star in a 56-32 win at Illinois. He rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries and had three touchdowns. Gordon is already over 1,000 yards for the season and is on pace for around 1,900 yards, including a bowl game. Backfield mate James White added 98 rushing yards and three touchdowns of his own (two rushing, one receiving).