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Big Ten Football reaching new heights- weekly release 12.07.2020

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• Northwestern has secured a berth in the 2020 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover and at least a share of the Big Ten West Division title on Saturday. The Wildcats earned their second division title and first since 2018, which also marks the team’s last appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game.

• The 2020 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at Noon ET on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game. The representative from the East Division will be determined this weekend.

• Ohio State continues to boast one of the best offenses in the country, ranking fourth nationally in scoring offense (46.6) and sixth in total offense (532.4). Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields accounted for 303 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns on Saturday, including a career-high 104 on the ground with two touchdowns. He also completed 17 of 24 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions while directing an offense that finished with 521 total yards on the day.

• Fields leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency (196.1), passing yards per game (281.4), completion percentage (78.1) and yards per attempt (10.3). In five games, he’s thrown 15 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. Fields is also on pace to set single-season FBS and Big Ten records for completion percentage.

• The Hoosier defense was paramount on Saturday, leading Indiana to a 14-6 victory at No. 16 Wisconsin. It marked the program’s first win in Madison since 2001 and its first Big Ten road victory against a ranked team since Nov. 10, 2001 (No. 22 Michigan State). Indiana tied a program record on Saturday by earning its sixth Big Ten win of the season, joining the 1967 and 1987 teams.

• Indiana linebacker Micah McFadden paced the Hoosiers with nine tackles and a pair of sacks, the second time in four weeks he has recorded multiple sacks. His second sack came with the Badgers facing a second-and-6 at the IU 17-yard line on their final drive. McFadden paces the team with 52 stops (10th in the Big Ten), 39 solos (2nd), five sacks (T-2nd) and 8.5 tackles for loss (T-3rd) to go along with two interceptions (T-7th) and three quarterback hurries.

• Penn State’s Joey Porter tallied a career-high seven tackles, including five solo stops, in Penn State’s 23-7 win at Rutgers on Saturday. The freshman matched a career best with an unassisted tackle for loss as Penn State held Rutgers to a season-low in points and recorded the program’s 900th all-time win.

• On Oct. 23, the Big Ten Conference announced the launch of the ‘United As One’ social justice campaign. ‘United As One’ is among several conference-wide Equality Coalition initiatives dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.

• The Big Ten Conference established the Equality Coalition in 2020 with 227 members including presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics, coaches, student-athletes, conference and school administrators, alumni, families and friends representing all 14 institutions.

2020 Football Standings

2020 Football Standings
SCHOOL CONF PCT. DIV PCT. OVERALL PCT. HOME AWAY NEUTRAL PF-PA STREAK
EAST DIVISION
Ohio State 5-0 1.000 4-0 1.000 5-0 1.000 3-0 2-0 0-0 233-116 W5
Indiana 6-1 0.857 5-1 0.833 6-1 0.857 3-0 3-1 0-0 211-136 W2
Maryland 2-2 0.500 1-1 0.500 2-2 0.500 1-0 1-2 0-0 94-133 L1
Michigan 2-4 0.333 1-3 0.250 2-4 0.333 0-3 2-1 0-0 170-207 L1
Michigan State 2-4 0.333 1-3 0.250 2-4 0.333 1-3 1-1 0-0 102-207 L1
Penn State 2-5 0.286 2-3 0.400 2-5 0.286 0-3 2-2 0-0 173-204 W2
Rutgers 2-5 0.286 1-4 0.200 2-5 0.286 0-4 2-1 0-0 192-237 L1
WEST DIVISION
Northwestern 5-1 0.833 4-0 1.000 5-1 0.833 3-0 2-1 0-0 149-92 L1
Iowa 5-2 0.714 3-2 0.600 5-2 0.714 2-1 3-1 0-0 226-121 W5
Wisconsin 2-2 0.500 1-1 0.500 2-2 0.500 1-1 1-1 0-0 107-49 L2
Minnesota 2-3 0.400 2-1 0.667 2-3 0.400 1-2 1-1 0-0 150-174 W1
Purdue 2-4 0.333 2-3 0.400 2-4 0.333 1-3 1-1 0-0 163-179 L4
Illinois 2-4 0.333 1-4 0.200 2-4 0.333 0-3 2-1 0-0 130-195 L1
Nebraska 2-4 0.333 1-3 0.250 2-4 0.333 1-1 1-3 0-0 140-190 W1