Big Ten Weekly Football Update

• Six Big Ten games are on the docket this weekend, including four divisional matchups. Action kicks off on Saturday at noon ET when Maryland travels to Michigan, Northwestern welcomes Michigan State and Illinois heads to Rutgers …

• The Badgers return to action this week in a primetime matchup against Nebraska in Madison. Sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor has rushed for at least 100 yards in every game so far this season and has gone over the century mark 14 times in 18 career games. Taylor currently leads the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 157.0 yards …

• Michigan’s Karan Higdon joins Taylor in the top 10 nationally in rushing yards per contest. Higdon ranks ninth in the country with 119.8 yards per game, including 115 yards and two touchdowns in a victory at Northwestern on Saturday. Higdon’s second touchdown gave the Wolverines the lead with 4:06 remaining in the fourth quarter …

• Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins engineered a pair of touchdown drives in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter at Penn State on Saturday, including a 12-play, 96-yard drive to take the lead as the Buckeyes overcame a 12-point deficit. The sophomore quarterback went 15 of 23 for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the second half in front of a record crowd of 110,889 at Beaver Stadium. Haskins currently ranks among the top 10 nationally in passing touchdowns, pass efficiency, passing yards and points responsible for …

• Purdue’s David Blough threw for 328 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 38 yards and another score as the Boilermakers knocked off Nebraska for the first time in Lincoln 42-28 on Saturday. Blough moved past both Jim Everett and Scott Campbell on Purdue’s all-time total offense list in the game, having amassed 7,622 total yards in his collegiate career. Over the last three games, Blough has completed 85 of 125 passes (68 percent) for 1,196 yards and seven touchdowns …

• Blough is one of 11 Big Ten students that were named semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy. Now in its 29th year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Representing the Big Ten as this year’s Campbell Trophy semifinalists are Illinois’ Nick Allegretti, Indiana’s Wes Martin, Iowa’s Parker Hesse, Michigan’s Noah Furbush, Michigan State’s Khari Willis, Minnesota’s Jared Weyler, Nebraska’s Mick Stoltenberg, Penn State’s Trace McSorley, Purdue’s Blough, Rutgers’ Zack Heeman and Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon …

• Six Big Ten standouts who have demonstrated excellence both on and off the field were selected as candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The list of candidates includes Illinois’ Allegretti, Michigan State’s Willis, Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter, Nebraska’s Jerald Foster, Penn State’s McSorley and Wisconsin’s Dixon …