Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
(AP) Dan Persa threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and Northwestern won its fourth straight, beating Minnesota 28-13 on Saturday. Venric Mark came through with two big kickoff returns as the Wildcats (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions to build a 21-7 lead. That set the tone as Northwestern became eligible for its fourth straight bowl appearance. The Wildcats lost five in a row after winning their first two and appeared to be going nowhere, but they turned it around in a big way with lopsided wins over Indiana and Rice sandwiched around a tight stunner at Nebraska. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Wednesday and Thursday brought some predictable results for our heroes–the Big Ten went 9-0 against inferior teams–but there were some surprising margins. As you know, we Geeks put a lot of stock in margins, so let’s touch on the most interesting ones.
As Northwestern safety Brian Peters’ college football career comes to a close, the senior shares his unlikely connection to seven-year-old Wildcat fan Jack Marshall, and the role Brian has played in helping Jack overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The full video of this feature story will air on Saturday morning during our Big Ten Football Pregame show at 10:30 a.m. ET. But watch a snippet of it right here. Also, if you enjoy our BTN TV feature profiles, check out previous ones in our BTN features archive.
With the potential for each division to be wrapped up this Saturday, there will be plenty to keep an eye on. Can Michigan State continue to run well? Is Penn State dialed it despite all of the off-field turmoil? Wisconsin must guard against a letdown when it plays at Illinois. Will the Badgers remain focused? Here’s what you should watch for each team this Saturday.
Saturday is on our doorstep with many key games and storylines looming. Can Purdue and Northwestern become bowl eligible? Could Michigan State (Legends) and Penn State (Leaders) wrap up their division? Here are my picks for each of the six games. Now you make yours, too.