Big Ten preview notes

A few afternoon notes from ESPN's Stats & Information group.


  • Since the Ohio State-Michigan game was moved to end of season, only one time has a team with a losing record defeated a team with a winning record. In 1951, 3-5 Michigan beat 4-2-2 Ohio State 7-0 in Woody Hayes' first season.

  • With a loss, Michigan would have consecutive seasons with at least seven losses for the first time in school history.

  • This is the first time an unranked Michigan team is hosting a ranked Ohio State team since 1993. That year Michigan defeated 5th-ranked Ohio State, 28-0.

Michigan's longest losing streaks vs. one opponent

1. Minnesota, nine games, 1934-42

2. Cornell, seven games, 1889-94

3. Ohio State, five games, 2004-present

4. Purdue, five games, 1962-66

5. Army, five games, 1945-54


  • With a win, Penn State would have its second straight 10-win season. The Nittany Lions haven’t won 10+ games in consecutive seasons since 1993 and 1994. It would also be the 21st 10-win season under Joe Paterno. Only six schools -- Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, USC and Texas -- have more 10-win seasons than Paterno, and no coach has more.

  • The Spartans have a chance to be 3-0 in November. That also hasn’t happened since the 1999 season. Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 6-2 in November games. They were just 2-11 under John L. Smith.

Most 10-win seasons

1. Joe Paterno, 20

2. Bobby Bowden, 18

3. Tom Osborne, 15

4. Paul "Bear" Bryant, 14

Michigan State's defense has epitomized the team's up-and-down season. The Spartans have been solid at home but shaky on the road.

Michigan State: Home vs. Away