Sizing up Big Ten football as we (kinda) launch into conference season

Sizing up Big Ten football as we (kinda) launch into conference season

Still in the hunt for a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff berth.

The Spartans begin Big Ten play against Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday at Spartan Stadium. He downplayed it in media availability going into the game, and apropos of a Big Ten player, he gave credit to his teammates and "best team sport in the world", for what he was able to do. Penn State converted on just 6-of-18 third-down plays.

One could find things to complain about the Hawkeyes.

How stinkin' good is Josey Jewell? And, honestly, this is a game Penn State deserved to win. Albrecht had a career-high 19 kills on.400 hitting and added six digs and four blocks. The senior linebacker made 16 tackles, three of them for losses, knocked down two passes, recovered a fumble and had an interception (and 32-yard return) to set up the only points Iowa scored in the first half. The Hawkeyes are just 1-2 against the spread and are an underdog for the first time this season.

Then they went out and and racked up 579 total yards of offense, killed themselves with a pair of costly turnovers and committed eight penalties for 90 yards. That's the same cut McSorley takes to celebrate the touchdowns he scores.

Meanwhile, Barkley was instrumental in Penn State's last-second win at Iowa.

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Saquon Barkley ran for a 25-yard touchdown to give Penn State a 29-26 victory over Minnesota past year.

This is Barkley's fourth career conference offensive honor.

Barkley earned that praise on multiple occasions. Their fans are going to be right up against you. "It's one of those deals".

Barkley's quick first-step punished the Hawkeyes on the edge.

After rocking Kinnick Stadium for most of the fourth quarter, a hush fell over the 66,205 people in attendance for the Iowa/Penn State game on September 23.

He didn't score the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds - QB Trace McSorley hooked up with WR Juwan Johnson for that TD - but Barkley did account for 53 percent of the team's yards on offense, and a score.

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Gordon scored twice that day, including on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the Badgers' 26-24 win that day.

"If you look at any really good season, " James Franklin told his team afterward, "there's always one game where the team has to gut it out".

The Huskers (8-3, 1-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight match against Penn State and gave the Nittany Lions (10-1, 0-1 Big Ten) their first 3-0 loss at home since October 18, 2003 against Minnesota.

What he has to show: At this point, his game against Oklahoma on November 4 will be the be all end all for Rudolph's Heisman chances. The sophomore's passes early on seemed adrenaline-filled, a byproduct of the moment, and were initially too hot to handle. On a side note, though, McSorley punting the ball after taking a knee to end the game was uncalled for.

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Iowa's inconsistency extended to special teams.

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Penn State moved the ball effectively in the first half, but it stalled at the 1-yard line on one drive and had to settle for a field goal, while Davis later missed a 41-yard try. He also ran 17 times for 61 yards, battling through some inconsistency to hit the biggest pass of the night ... and one of the biggest of his fantastic career.

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