Wisconsin-Iowa should help determine who will win the West, while Ohio State's visit to Penn State is conjuring some memories.
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Can Ohio State survive the White Out at Penn State? Our Big Ten reporters make their picks for Week 8.
Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer
If Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner is a candidate for the Purdue job, that's news to him. "That stuff comes up and the only way I find out about it is if somebody texts me or [the media] brings it up," Warinner said. "Otherwise, I'm just grinding, trying to get this football team better. ... I focus on that, and those [other] things take care of themselves. I don't have to get involved in any of that stuff. I'm just going to take care of my job."
Steele: Cornhuskers are a good play
Nebraska has Wisconsin next week, but don't expect a letdown against coach-less Purdue on Saturday. The Cornhuskers (-24) are clicking on all cylinders according to Phil Steele, and the Boilermakers have their own problems. Best Bets (Insider)
It should not come as a surprise that Ohio State and Michigan dominate the selections for our midseason All-Big Ten team.
The Big Ten is home to four teams in the AP Top 25 as well as the No. 1 recruiting class with all eyes looking at Michigan-Ohio State.
Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer
Purdue interim coach Gerad Parker, who took over when Darrell Hazell was fired Sunday, said he doesn't plan to change much on either side of the ball. Parker said the focus now for the 3-3 Boilermakers is trying to get to a bowl game as a reward for the seniors. Purdue is at No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday.
The Irish didn't show much fight in losing to Stanford. Their reward? A return to the coveted fifth spot in this week's rankings.
Darrell Hazell's Boilermakers teams never had an identity. In hiring his replacement, Purdue would be wise to find someone with a distinct style.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Some names I'm hearing today who could have interest in Purdue -- some Power 5 coaches, some top coordinators -- reinforce the need for the school to step up financially. If Purdue truly is willing to pay the going rate, it could make a fairly splashy hire.
Adam Rittenberg, Doug Kezirian and Chris Low discuss Purdue's decision to move on from Darrell Hazell and wonder what the program needs to do to regain relevancy.
Most of the intrigue surrounding the Purdue football program will be away from the field as the Boilermakers look for a new coach.
After a tough win over Wisconsin, the Buckeyes and the rest of the Big Ten now face critical matchups in conference play.
Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett led a thrilling second-half comeback against Wisconsin to lift Ohio State to 6-0.
Young QBs such as Washington's Jake Browning are making an impact. Ohio State keeps winning on the road. And there's still time for surprises, even though the top teams are who we expected.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Some candidates to keep in mind for Purdue: Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck, Illinois State's Brock Spack (longtime Purdue assistant), Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tim Beck, New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Indiana defensive coordinator Tom Allen, North Dakota State's Chris Klieman
Our top five teams in the Big Ten Power Rankings remain the same as last week, but there are plenty of shakeups after that.
Iowa scored touchdowns on five of its six opening-half possessions and defeated Purdue 49-35 on Saturday, winning its school-record ninth consecutive road game.
Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer
Iowa hangs on for a 49-35 victory against Purdue to set a school record with its ninth consecutive road win. The teams combined for 1,024 yards of total offense in what turned into a shootout. Purdue QB David Blough was exceptional, throwing for 458 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. But Purdue's run defense struggled all day. Iowa tailbacks Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels Jr. accounted for 326 rushing yards with three touchdowns. Now, the Hawkeyes are back in the thick of the Big Ten West race.
Desmond King piles it on with pick-six
King, who had eight interceptions last year, nabbed his first of the season and went 40 yards the other way with it for a TD and a 49-28 Iowa lead over Purdue.
Anish Shroff ESPN Commentator
Purdue has no answer for Iowa's rushing attack. The Hawkeyes piled up 269 rush yards in the first half (on 27 attempts). The Boilermakers have given up 984 rushing yards in the last 10 quarters.
Hawkeyes running all over Purdue
One play after Purdue scored, Iowa's Akrum Wadley goes 75 yards to the house. The Hawkeyes lead 35-7 on ESPN2.
Purdue @ Nebraska Cornhuskers
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