LINCOLN, Neb. -- Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska's maligned defense was much improved in a 39-19 victory over Illinois on Saturday.
For the first time this season, Big Ten play is in full swing. After three prelude games over the past couple weeks, there will be five matchups between two Big Ten teams.
Six of the Big Ten's 12 teams didn't play a game in Week 5.
Week 4 went much better for the Big Ten than Week 3, but that was to be expected with a bunch of weak opponents dotting the schedule.