Friday, November 5, 2010
Big Ten did you know?: Week 10
By ESPN.com staff
It's time to get smarter before you head out to the stadiums. Thanks to the fine folks at ESPN Stats & Info for several of these nuggets.
- Wisconsin has just six turnovers this season, the third fewest in the nation. Only Oregon State (4) and Iowa (5) have fewer. The Badgers are second in the nation in fewest penalties per game, averaging just 3.38.
- Michigan State's Greg Jones and Eric Gordon have a combined 737 tackles, the most of any active linebacker tandem in the FBS.
- Since Joe Paterno became Penn State's head coach in 1966, there have been 863 head coaching changes in Division I-A football, an average of more than six changes per institution, including 22 changes after the 2009 season.
- Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell is two completions shy of tying Kellen Lewis’ school record for most career completions. Lewis completed 565 passes at Indiana from 2006-08.
- Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and Indiana’s Bill Lynch both enter Saturday’s game with 99 career wins. Ferentz is 99-78 in 15 seasons (three at Maine, last 12 at Iowa). Lynch is 99-94-3 in 18 seasons (five at Butler, eight at Ball State, one at DePauw, four at Indiana).
- Northwestern is 4-0 on the road this season and 8-2 in its past 10 Big Ten road contests stretching back to the start of the 208 season. The Wildcats have not won five road games in a season since 1995.
- Illinois' 34-point margin of victory against Purdue last week, combined with the 30-point win against Indiana on Oct. 23, marked the first time an Illini team registered consecutive 30-point wins since 1944 and the first time they won consecutive Big Ten games by 30 or more points since 1914.
- Michigan has scored 19 touchdowns on drives that have taken two minutes or less. Eight of those drives spanned less than one minute.
- Purdue leads the Big Ten with 24 sacks and 63 tackles for loss. The Boilers' averages of 3 sacks and 7.9 TFLs per game are also tops in the conference and rank seventh nationally. Purdue has at least one sack and five tackles for loss in all eight games.
- Despite a school-record time of possession of 45:34 in the season-opener, Minnesota has slipped to No. 5 in the Big Ten in average possession time after ranking No. 1 through the first six weeks.