STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State hired Boston College athletic director Patrick Kraft to be its next AD on Friday.
Kraft, 43, will take over for the retiring Sandy Barbour on July 1 after the Penn State Board of Trustees approved an agreement that had been in the works for several days.
A look at football players in the Big Ten this spring who are poised to have standout seasons this fall:
SEATTLE (AP) — The first spring with Kalen DeBoer in charge of the Huskies is all about the quarterback and what direction Washington will go heading into the fall with three players competing for the job.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University Fort Wayne extended its indoor mask requirement until Jan. 31 Monday.
The requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors inside campus buildings and structures, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, the campus said in a statement.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former UMass head coach Walt Bell was hired Thursday as Indiana's new offensive coordinator.
The 37-year-old Bell was fired after nine games last season, finishing his tenure at UMass with a 2-23 record over three seasons.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana coach Tom Allen fired offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the Hoosiers completed their first winless season in conference play since 2011.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Quarterback Aidan O'Connell started his Purdue career as a walk-on.
He may have closed it out Saturday with an unforgettable performance.
The fifth-year senior matched his career high by throwing for four touchdowns, helping the Boilermakers set a single-season team record for completions and bringing back the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time in three years with a 44-7 victory over rival Indiana.
Jeff Brohm and Tom Allen grew up watching college rivalries from vastly different perspectives.
Allen was the son of an Indiana high school football coach in a rural community with deep red ties to the Hoosiers.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Tyler Nubin’s interception gave Minnesota a chance to swing Saturday’s game.
Tanner Morgan and Ky Thomas cashed in.
Thomas ran for two scores, Morgan threw for two more and Minnesota produced two touchdowns in the final 46 seconds of the first half before pulling away from Indiana 35-14.
Indiana coach Tom Allen was unhappy with last weekend's performance.
So he spent this week looking for solutions.
He called on players to prepare better, play with more effort and eliminate the mistakes that led to six turnovers and another embarrassing loss.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Rutgers coach Greg Schiano started Saturday without his top three linebackers.
Six turnovers and a a nifty trick play later, the Scarlet Knights celebrated a possible program-changing victory.
Indiana entered this season with its first preseason Top 25 ranking in decades and an experienced roster filled with talent, seemingly primed to continue its Big Ten ascent.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hassan Haskins had to carry a heavier burden in the backfield because Blake Corum was injured. He delivered.
Indiana (2-6, 0-5 Big Ten) at No. 9 Michigan (7-1, 4-1, No. 7 CFP), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (Fox).
Line: Michigan by 19 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Michigan's drive for perfection ended in agonizing fashion. Coach Jim Harbaugh says he doesn't believe players will dwell on the second-half collapse.
The No. 9 Wolverines gave away a 16-point lead to in-state rival Michigan State on Saturday in a 37-33 defeat, their first loss of the season.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Purdue Boilermakers need one win to become bowl eligible. The Indiana Hoosiers are on the verge of being eliminated.
It's a reversal of fortune few anticipated when the season began, one everybody understands the final month of the season begins with both teams facing highly-ranked Michigan schools on Saturday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taulia Tagovailoa and Maryland can still move the ball through the air, even after a couple big injuries on the receiving corps.
Tagovailoa threw for 419 yards and two touchdowns, and the Terrapins snapped their three-game losing streak with a 38-35 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Indiana's football season is not going as the Hoosiers had planned.
They were ranked 17th in the preseason Top 25, and now, with October winding down, they still haven't won a Big Ten game.
Things to watch during Week 9 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm will stick to the plan. Aidan O'Connell will continue to start and the Boilermakers will continue to use a three-man rotation.
Indiana coach Tom Allen might not have a choice as his top two quarterbacks battle injuries.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — C.J. Stroud and TreVeyon Henderson provided Ohio State’s offense with a refreshingly familiar look Saturday.
Even a persistently rainy night couldn't derail the Buckeyes' two big stars.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Casey Washington caught a 2-point conversion pass from Brandon Peters to end the first nine-overtime game in NCAA history and lift Illinois over No. 7 Penn State 20-18 on Saturday.
No. 5 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (2-4, 0-3), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Ohio State by 21 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Indiana spent the last year pointing to this week's Ohio State game as a measuring stick.
The Hoosiers thought a win over the fifth-ranked Buckeyes would finally cement the program's steady ascension and might even lead to a Big Ten championship game appearance.
Things to watch during Week 8 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Michigan State tight end Tyler Hunt delivered both times he touched the ball Saturday at Indiana.
First, Hunt avoided taking a sack near midfield with a 15-yard heave to quarterback Payton Thorne.
No. 10 Michigan State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (2-3, 0-2), Saturday at noon EDT (FS1).
Line: Michigan State by 4½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Indiana coach Tom Allen is staying relatively quiet this week.
He's not talking about his options at quarterback for Saturday's home game against No. 10 Michigan State and he's certainly not going to provide practice updates on injured starter Michael Penix Jr.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota running back Trey Potts was discharged Friday from an Indiana hospital where he spent six days after an unspecified medical condition developed during the team's game at Purdue.
From its first snap of the season, Michigan State showed that coach Mel Tucker’s rebuilding project wouldn’t take nearly as long as expected.
Wake Forest transfer Kenneth Walker took a handoff, made a move around a defender and raced down the left sideline for a 75-yard touchdown against Northwestern.
Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. had his first three seasons end early because of injuries. The Hoosiers remain hopeful Penix won't make it four in a row.
Coach Tom Allen said Monday that the redshirt junior suffered a separated throwing shoulder during Saturday's loss at Penn State.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State defenders get excited when they’re asked to defend short fields these days.
After all, it’s what the No. 4 Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) do best.
Penn State forced eight punts, two turnovers and blocked a field goal to lift the Nittany Lions to a 24-0 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
The day before one of the most important football games Cincinnati has ever played — maybe the most important — the Bearcats will do a little sightseeing.
The team hotel in South Bend, Indiana, is just a few minutes away from Notre Dame Stadium, where No.
Indiana (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at No. 4 Penn State (4-0, 1-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Penn State by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State has already won big games in marquee environments, using big plays and a stingy defense to do so.
None of the No. 4 Nittany Lions’ victories has left the team’s biggest players satisfied, however.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Stephen Carr had 109 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Michael Penix Jr. passed for 373 yards to help Indiana beat Western Kentucky 33-31 on Saturdya night.
Penix completed a career-high 34 passes on 53 attempts.
While Indiana and Western Kentucky must each deal with a tough stretch of opponents, the Hilltoppers at least got a chance to catch their breath before their matchup on Saturday night.
Though last week's bye came somewhat early, WKU (1-1) still needed it to prepare for a 10-week grind that starts with consecutive Big Ten Conference matchups against the Hoosiers on Saturday night and No.
Doctors gave Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. the all clear to play this weekend at Western Kentucky and Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said he remains confident his star will pull himself out of an early-season funk.
Alabama looked beatable for the first time.
Ohio State's defense still looks discombobulated, Clemson's offense still looks limp and Oklahoma still looks far from elite.
Maybe college football's season of the super teams won't be such a foregone conclusion after all?
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Young’s first collegiate road start was a rousing success, a three-touchdown performance that helped top-ranked Alabama hold off No. 11 Florida 31-29 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder struggled through the first half.
He reverted to form in the second half -- and so did the Bearcats.
The senior threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the final 30 minutes, helping No.
No. 8 Cincinnati (2-0) at Indiana (1-1), Saturday at noon EDT (ESPN).
Line: Cincinnati by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell spent this week preparing his team to hit the road.
He talked about the sellout crowd, the hostile environment the eighth-ranked Bearcats expect to face Saturday at Indiana and the potential impact it could have on the game plan.
Indiana coach Tom Allen is sticking to the plan.
Rather than emphasize the potential opportunities for the Hoosiers this weekend against No. 8 Cincinnati, Allen wants his players to forget about their embarrassing season-opening loss at Iowa and their resounding rebound against Idaho.
—C.J. Verdell, Oregon, ran for 161 yards and had three TDs as the short-handed No. 12 Ducks upset the No. 3 Buckeyes 35-28 for their first regular-season loss in nearly three years.
—Stetson Bennett, Georgia, tied a school record with five TD passes filling in for injured starter JT Daniels, leading the No.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana had something to prove Saturday night. The Hoosiers didn't disappoint.
Michael Penix Jr. threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and Indiana took advantage of two special teams touchdowns and a dominant defense to rout Idaho 56-14.
No. 10 Iowa (1-0) at No. 9 Iowa State, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Iowa State by 4 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. refuses to let one bad game spoil an entire season.
His teammates believe the same thing.
Of course, the Hoosiers know some are pointing to last week's blowout loss at Iowa and the Hoosiers' subsequent slide out of the Top 25 as evidence they were overrated.
FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — Indiana football coach Tom Allen is donating money to build a weight room at a small college where his father played the sport.
The Tom Allen Weight Room will be part of the Johnson Memorial Health Athletic Annex at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana.