Welcome back to another edition of B1G Numbers! We saw and heard a lot of big numbers over the weekend. Truth be told, it was tough to find anything of meaning that you haven’t heard already this week, but I dug around and pulled a couple of stats that ought to keep you busy for a few minutes.
As I mentioned in this week’s Big Ten Power Rankings, this is Wisconsin’s average margin of victory in 2017. For all the talk about how weak their schedule is, the Badgers are winning games without leaving any doubt — just like they should do against a slate of inferior opponents. You get the feeling sometimes that Wisconsin is playing a little game of “rope-a-dope” with its opponents, as many of the games are close well into the second half before the Badgers pull away.
This is how many more games Wisconsin needs to win in order to clinch the Big Ten West title and secure a berth in the Big Ten Championship game for the fifth time in seven years.
This is how many touchdown passes Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley now has on the season. That number is good enough for 2nd in the Big Ten behind only J.T. Barrett and 11th nationally. He’ also sporting a 5.5-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. That is elite efficiency.
This is how many games Rutgers needs to win to become bowl eligible. The Scarlet Knights have won three of their last four games after starting the season 1-4. The fact that we’re even talking about the possibility of Rutgers going bowling heading into the second weekend of November speaks volumes to the job head coach Chris Ash has done this year.
He’s back, baby! This is how many interceptions Tanner Lee has thrown during the 2017 campaign. That number is good enough for him to lead the Big Ten and place him 2nd nationally. After a four-game stretch in the middle of the year where he only threw one pick, there were whispers that we might be seeing the guy that all of Nebraska couldn’t shut up about during the offseason. Apparently, that was not the case, as he chucked three of them into the waiting arms of the Northwestern Wildcats this past weekend.
Michigan has now eclipsed the 30-point mark in back-to-back weeks after not scoring that many points since the first two weeks of September. On one hand, it all appears to be clicking for the Wolverines. One the other hand, these 30-point games came against Rutgers and Minnesota. Any way you slice it, if Michigan can continue to show improvement, that tilt with Ohio State could be very interesting — especially with what we saw in Iowa City this past weekend.