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Additional Big Ten notes for Week 5

Thanks for ESPN Stats & Information for these helpful nuggets on Big Ten games featuring Top 25 teams (as well as Michigan State at Ohio State).

I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I did.

  • Nebraska has won 12 of its past 13 games against current Big Ten teams. The only loss in that span came in 2002 at Penn State, a 40-7 setback. While the Huskers have done well against the Big Ten, they've struggled against Top 10 opponents. The Huskers have lost 15 of their past 17 games against Top 10 teams since the start of the 2000 season. Their win over Missouri last season snapped a 13-game losing streak against Top 10 opponents. They also haven’t won a road game against a Top 10 team since beating Washington 27-14 on September 20, 1997.

  • Michigan’s defense allowed three points to Eastern Michigan and seven points to San Diego State the past two weeks. It’s the first time since 2007 that the team allowed fewer than 10 points in consecutive weeks (shut out Notre Dame 38-0 and defeated Penn State 14-9).

  • Dating back to last season, Illinois has won five straight games. The last time Illinois won six straight games was in 2001 (finished 10-2). That year, they won the Big Ten title and lost to LSU in the Sugar Bowl. Illinois is 4-0 for the first time since 1951. That season they started 7-0.

  • Nebraska is second in the FBS with 11 plays of 40 yards or more, four of which have gone for touchdowns. Wisconsin is tied for third with 10 such plays.

  • Ohio State has won the past seven meetings against Michigan State, with six of the victories coming by double digits. The last time Michigan State beat the Buckeyes was 1999, Nick Saban’s last season as Spartans head coach. The Spartans haven’t won in Columbus since 1998. That season, Michigan State shocked top-ranked Ohio State 28-24.

  • Both Michigan State and Ohio State play three consecutive games against ranked opponents after their meeting Saturday. Michigan State has a bye before hosting No. 19 Michigan and No. 7 Wisconsin, and visiting No. 8 Nebraska. Ohio State visits No. 8 Nebraska and No. 24 Illinois, and, after a bye week, hosts No. 7 Wisconsin.

  • In Wisconsin's past seven wins, it is scoring 56.4 points per game and outscoring opponents by an average of 44.4 points per game. The Badgers, however, haven't faced a defense ranked higher than 70th in the FBS during the span.