Top 10 performers from Saturday's Big Ten football action
After subpar performances throughout Weeks 1 and 2, the Big Ten had a solid Week 3 showing.
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The conference finished 9-3 in non-conference action on Saturday, with Penn State topping Rutgers, 28-3, in the lone Big Ten game of the day.
With 13 total games on the slate, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances as well.
Here is a look at my top 10 performers from Saturday’s Big Ten football action.
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1. Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State. This guy is quickly becoming one of the best wideouts in the country. Burbridge was outstanding on Saturday, catching eight passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns, one of which was an incredible diving grab. Through three games, the Spartans’ top wideout has hauled in 20 catches for 374 yards and four touchdowns. That’s impressive!
2. Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern. Walker is a tackling machine for the Wildcats. This sophomore linebacker recorded an eye-popping 19 tackles in Northwestern’s impressive 19-10 victory over Duke. The Wildcats have allowed only one offensive touchdown through three games this season.
3. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. The Big Ten is loaded with talented freshman running backs, but Barkley could be the best of the bunch. The talented back carried the ball 21 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Penn State’s convincing 28-3 win over Rutgers. When it comes to running backs, this kid is as talented as it gets.
4. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana. Sudfeld has been outstanding through three games this season, but today was his best performance yet. The Hoosiers’ senior signal caller completed 20-of-27 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns in Indiana’s 38-35 win over Western Kentucky.
5. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State. Is Connor Cook the best quarterback in the Big Ten? He certainly looked like it on Saturday in the Spartans’ 35-21 win over Air Force. MSU’s senior quarterback threw for 247 yards and four scores in the victory. In three games, Cook has thrown eight touchdowns compared to just one interception. That will win you some games.
6. Riley Bullough, LB, Michigan State. This guy continues to impress every week. Bullough was outstanding again on Saturday in MSU’s 35-21 win over Air Force. He recorded a game-high 16 tackles in the victory. He has now totaled 39 tackles in three games this season. That is incredible.
7. Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana. Heading into this season, the Hoosiers needed to figure out a way to replace the production of Tevin Coleman. Well, Jordan Howard has certainly provided an answer. The UAB transfer rushed for 203 yards while leading the Hoosiers to a 38-35 win over Western Kentucky. Through three games, he has already totaled 507 rushing yards, which is tops in the Big Ten.
8. Chris Orr, LB, Wisconsin. Another freshman on this list? Sure, why not! Orr was phenomenal in Wisconsin’s 28-3 win over Troy on Saturday. He recorded a game-high 14 tackles, two of which were for a loss, and he added a pass breakup in the victory. Between Joe Schobert, Vince Biegel and Orr, the Badgers are absolutely loaded at linebacker this season.
9. Marshall Koehn, K, Iowa. When you make a game-winning 57-yard field goal to beat Pitt in front of a sold out Kinnick Stadium crowd, you deserve a spot on this list. After Pitt tried to ice Koehn, the Hawkeyes’ senior kicker stepped up and drilled the game-winner to push Iowa past Pitt, 27-24. What a special moment for both Koehn and the Hawkeyes’ football program.
10. Sean Davis, S, Maryland. After an upsetting loss to Bowling Green in Week 2, Maryland bounced back with an impressive 35-17 win over South Florida on Saturday. The star of the game was defensive back Sean Davis, who recorded nine tackles, forced a fumble, and added two huge interceptions in the victory.