Penn State backfield duo among top Big Ten performers in Week 8

This past weekend 10 of the 14 conference teams were in action across five games. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, and Nebraska were idle but all will return to action in Week 9.

In Week 8 we saw a pair of blowout wins by Ohio State and Penn State as they took care of Big Ten West foes. The two winners will meet in Happy Valley this week. The Buckeyes blew past Iowa 54-10, while the Nittany Lions handled Minnesota 45-17.

Rutgers earned their first Big Ten win at home since 2017 when they defeated Indiana 24-17. Maryland raced past Northwestern 31-24 behind the performance of running back Roman Hemby. Wisconsin was able to slow down the Purdue offense with the 35-24 victory in Madison.

With a new week of games comes the final look back at Week 8 with the top conference performers voted on by our Big Ten site editors.

The Voters:

Without further ado, let’s dive into the selections made by our editorial team

Head Coach of the Week

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Greg Schiano, Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Total Votes (6)

Schiano helped lead  Rutgers to their first home win in Big Ten play since 2017 when the Scarlet Knights last defeated Purdue and Maryland in back-to-back games before the four-season skid began.

*Also receiving votes: James Franklin, Penn State (2)

Quarterback of the Week

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CJ Stroud, Ohio State Buckeyes

Total Votes (5)

Stats vs Iowa:

66.7% Comp | 286 Yards | 9.5 YPA | 4 TDs | 1 INT

*Also receiving votes: Sean Clifford, Penn State (4)

Running Back of the Week

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Roman Hemby, Maryland Terrapins

Total Votes (7)

Stats vs Northwestern:

24 Carries | 179 Yards | 7.5 YPC | 3 TDs

*Also receiving votes: Samuel Brown V, Rutgers (2)

Wide Receiver of the Week

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Julian Fleming, Ohio State Buckeyes

Total Votes (6)

Stats vs Iowa:

2 Receptions | 105 Yards | 52.5 YPR | 1 TD

Offensive MVP of the Week

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Sean Clifford, Penn State Nittany Lions

Total Votes (5)

Stats vs Minnesota:

74.2% Comp | 295 Yards | 9.5 YPA | 4 TDs | 1 INT

*Also receiving votes: Roman Hemby, Maryland (3)

Defensive MVP of the Week

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John Torchio, Wisconsin Badgers

Total Votes (5)

Stats vs Purdue:

10 Tackles | 1 PBU | 2 INTs | 1 TD

Honorable mention goes to Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, who could really win this award every week. No one stops the Hawkeyes’ offense like Kirk’s son. Tune in next week to see how nepotism goes wrong for Iowa against lowly Northwestern.

Newcomer of the Week

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Nicholas Singleton, Penn State Nittany Lions

Total Votes (4)

Stats vs Minnesota:

13 Carries | 79 Yards | 6.1 YPC | 2 TDs | 2 Rec | 28 Yards | 14 YPR

Story originally appeared on Nittany Lions Wire