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B1G Numbers: Harbaugh’s Millions, Rutgers Wins and What it Means to Score

$9 million is a lot of money for 4th Place.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The good news is, Iowa wasn’t the only team that had a bad weekend. The bad news is, we’re going to talk more about Iowa’s bad weekend.

Here are some numbers I pulled after this past weekend’s Big Ten games.

$9 million

This is how much money Jim Harbaugh will make this season. A lot of you already know this, but how many of you have actually thought “What is Michigan paying him that much money for?” I’ve been thinking it quite a bit recently, and as I read the tea leaves around the country, I don’t think I’m alone.

With the blowout loss to Penn State this weekend, it’s looking like Michigan is going to finish in fourth place in the Big Ten East this season. That can’t be what the powers that be at Michigan thought they’d be getting in year three of the Harbaugh era when they brought him in. Be that as it may, here we are, and we really shouldn’t be surprised.

I know I’m not the first person to point out the fact that Harbaugh does not have a single division or conference championship at the power-five college level on his résumé. With every loss and every sideline tantrum, that fact becomes more and more relevant to any conversation about Harbaugh’s record as a college coach.


This is how many games Rutgers has now won consecutively! RUTGERS! It’s the first time since they became members of the Big Ten that they’ve won back-to-back conference games. As an added bonus for Chris Ash, it would appear they may have also permanently derailed the Purdue hype-train that had been barreling across the country. Realistically, they’ve got a good chance of beating both Maryland and Indiana in the coming weeks. Should they do just that and then lose as expected to Michigan and Penn State, you may want to tune in to their game on November 25th. They’ll be hosting Michigan State with bowl eligibility on the line.

Yes, I said bowl eligibility.


This is Wisconsin’s margin of victory this season. The Badgers are 7-0 and it looks like they continue to gain momentum each week. If they can win three more games, Wisconsin will have clinched its sixth division title since 2010. It’s not too early to start talking about Paul Chryst as a legitimate national coach-of-the-year candidate.


Every time the Iowa Hawkeyes have failed to score 20 points this season, they’ve lost. The fewest amount of points Iowa has scored in any win this season was 24 against Wyoming. If the Hawkeyes would have scored 24 points in every game they’ve lost this season, they would be 7-0 right now.


Michigan State is 3-1 on the year in games where they score 18 or fewer points. All three of those wins have come in their last four games. They have now won four in a row since the loss to Notre Dame on Sept. 24. During that winning streak, the Spartans have held their opponents to just 14 points per game.