According to Pro Football Focus, the Big Ten was pretty solid defensively in the first week of college football action.
In it’s week 1 National Team of the Week, five Big Ten players made the team. Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones made the team, while Bo Bowser, Josey Jewell and Joshua Jackson got the nod for Iowa.
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Ohio State rebounded from a shaky first half to level Indiana 49-21, while Iowa held top quarterback prospect Josh Allen and Wyoming in check to win 24-3.
Bosa recorded a tackle and a sack against the Hoosiers, and Jones recorded one tackle for loss. Both were constant menaces in Indiana’s backfield.
Jewell had one of the most outstanding performances of the entire weekend, as he recorded 14 tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. He was named the Bednarik Award Player of the Week for his domination of the Cowboys.
Bowser wasn’t far behind Jewell, as he notched 11 tackles and a half tackle for loss. Jackson was one of two Hawkeyes to grab an interception. He also recorded five tackles and a pass break up.
Ohio State will need a repeat of its standout defensive performance, as they welcome N0. 5 Oklahoma to Columbus for a showdown between top-5 titans.
Iowa, on the other hand, is looking to continue its defensive roll against in-state rival Iowa State.
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