Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 5 marked the opening of Big Ten play, and Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin all remained undefeated. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
The votes are in, and Big Ten fans picked Illinois’ comeback win over instate rival Northwestern as the Big Ten Game of the Week. Watch the game again at 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN. The Illini, thanks in large part to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, scored 21 fourth-quarter points to rally from an 11-point deficit and knock off the Wildcats, 38-35. Scheelhaase, who threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns, scored on a one-yard run with 13 seconds left to help Illinois move to 5-0. Catch up on all the Week 5 Big Ten action on our Rapid Recap game stories and with Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Recap. Check out our video archive to relive all of Saturday’s best plays.
(AP) Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left Saturday to lead No. 24 Illinois to a 38-35 comeback win over Northwestern. The sophomore QB threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Illini (5-0, 1-0). All three TD passes went to A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards. Scheelhaase had to engineer two comebacks to pull out the win over the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1). First, Illinois scored 21 unanswered points after Northwestern took a 28-10 third-quarter lead. Then Scheelhaase scored the game-winning touchdown after a late touchdown run by Jacob Schmidt gave the Wildcats a 35-31 with just over a minute to play. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
No one can say we’re being eased into Big Ten play this season. Saturday’s opening week features the Big Ten’s first divisional games (Minnesota at Michigan; Penn State at Indiana), in addition to Wisconsin hosting Nebraska in a battle of undefeated top 10 teams under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium. Not a bad way to start things, huh? BTN has the Gophers and perfect Wolverines battling for the Little Brown Jug at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Read Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Preview in this post.