Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, November 28, 2015
Week 13 of the Big Ten football season was filled with some outstanding performances.
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Ezekiel Elliott and J.T. Barrett were outstanding in Ohio State's win over Michigan, while Nate Sudfeld and Connor Cook put up huge passing numbers in their games as well.
Who takes the top spot on this week's list?
That's what I'm here to tell you!
I went through all six Big Ten football games on Saturday and came up with a list of the top individual standouts.
Here are best performances from Saturday's Big Ten football action.
1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State. Elliott had a huge bounce-back game this week. The Buckeyes' do-it-all back rushed for an eye-popping 214 yards and two scores in Ohio State's 42-13 win over Michigan. Elliott's incredible outing came a week after he was limited to just 33 yards on 12 carries against Michigan State. He has now topped the 100-yard mark in 11 games this season, four of which have been for 150-plus yards. That's impressive.
2. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana. It seems like this guy is on the list every week. Sudfeld was outstanding again on Saturday in an impressive 54-36 win over in-state rival Purdue. Sudfeld threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns, while also adding a rushing TD in the victory. Sudfeld is now Indiana's career passing leader and helped the Hoosiers end an eight-year bowl drought. He has established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten.
3. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State. Barrett was incredible in the Buckeyes' commanding 42-13 victory over Michigan. The talented QB completed 9 of 15 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, while adding a season-high 139 rushing yards and three scores on the ground. This was Barrett's fifth 100-yard rushing game in his career.
4. Brandon Ross, RB, Maryland. This guy has been unstoppable over the past two weeks. The big back rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns in Maryland's impressive comeback win over Rutgers. This is the second straight week Ross has rushed for three touchdowns. He had four rushing touchdowns in 10 total games before that.
5. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State. After sitting out last week's win over Ohio State with a shoulder injury, Cook returned this week with a bang. The Spartans' senior QB completed 19 of 26 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns as the Spartans captured the Big Ten East title and a spot in the conference championship game. Cook will play in the Big Ten title game for the second time in his three seasons as MSU's starting quarterback. That's incredible.
6. Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern. Another week, another outstanding game from Jackson. The Wildcats' RB rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in Northwestern's 24-14 win over Illinois. Jackson has now rushed for 100-plus yards in eight of the Wildcats' 12 games this season. What a special talent.
7. Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Wisconsin. This guy was outstanding in Wisconsin's 31-21 win over Minnesota, the Badgers' 12th straight victory over the Gophers. Ogunbowale rushed for a career-high 155 yards and added a touchdown in the impressive win. He led a Wisconsin rushing attacked that outgained the Gophers 257-53 on the ground.
8. Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern. Walker has had an incredible season and he was great again in Northwestern's 24-14 win over Illinois on Saturday. The Wildcats' sophomore linebacker had a game-high 14 tackles, 3.5 of which were for a loss, and a sack in the victory. He has developed into one of the top linebackers in all of college football.
9. Chris Laviano, QB, Rutgers. Laviano did all he could in Rutgers' 46-41 loss to Maryland. He threw for 344 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the game. Laviano has now thrown for three-or-more touchdowns in four games this season.
10. Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers. This guy caped off an outstanding college career with a huge game against Maryland. Carroo caught seven passes for a career-best 183 yards and a touchdown. He finishes his career with an eye-popping 38 touchdowns. That's incredible.