Oct 07, 2019 4:09 PM

10/7 Big 10 Conference news

Posted Oct 07, 2019 4:09 PM

UNDATED (AP) — Big Ten defenses turned in three of the season's top five sack totals over the weekend, with Penn State leading the way with 10 against Purdue. Wisconsin had nine against Kent State and Michigan had eight against Iowa. Minnesota's Rodney Smith had the top rushing performance with 211 yards against Illinois. San Diego State's Luq Barcoo intercepted three straight passes against Colorado State.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford knows he and the rest of Penn State's offense have a comfortable margin of error given the way the Nittany Lions' defense has been playing. But Penn State's quarterback doesn't want to lean on dominant defensive efforts like the 10-sack performance that fueled Saturday's 35-7 victory over Purdue. Especially not with a looming trip to No. 17 Iowa, which figures to be No. 10 Penn State's first real test of the season.

UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Florida surged to No. 7 after a big victory. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson held their spots after a week off for both, but the Buckeyes caught up to the Bulldogs in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. LSU and Oklahoma stayed Nos. 5 and 6. Auburn fell five spots to No. 12 after losing to Florida. Baylor, Memphis and Cincinnati all entered the Top 25.