The Ferentz Line Report (Week 5)

This look at the Ferentz Line is not nuanced. Every team and every game is equal — it’s just about whether or not you can hit that magic 25 point Ferentz Line in any given game, and how you’re doing for the season. If you want nuance, take a look at BanTheDH’s fan posts visualizing Iowa’s path to 325.

Week Five:

Iowa did it. Thanks to a punt return touchdown, the Hawkeyes crossed the Ferentz Line, Never fear, though, gentle readers — they are still under for the year.

Ohio State and Wisconsin had byes this week.

52 Rutgers
45 Michigan
44 Maryland
44 Purdue
41 Penn State
35 Minnesota
26 Iowa
19 Illinois
17 Indiana
16 Michigan State
13 Northwestern
7 Nebraska


Penn State, Maryland, and Michigan were all over 125 points after week 4, so they were going to stay above the line no matter what happened this week…but they all scored 40+ just to be extra safe.

Penn State is the first B1G squad to cross 200 points for the season. Nebraska is the only team that hasn't broken 100 yet.

Purdue’s 44 points against Illinois were enough to put them above the season line. The Boilers are the only team that started the day below the season line, but finished the day above it.

Illinois’ failed 2-point conversion attempt against Purdue kept them at 108 total points for the season…one behind Northwestern’s 109. HAT!

40.6 (203/5) Penn State
38.6 (193/5) Maryland
34.5 (138/4) Ohio State
34.4 (172/5) Michigan
33.3 (133/4) Wisconsin
30.8 (154/5) Rutgers
28.0 (140/5) Purdue
24.0 (120/5) Minnesota
22.2 (111/5) Iowa
21.8 (109/5) Northwestern
21.6 (108/5) Illinois
21.6 (108/5) Michigan State
20.8 (104/5) Indiana
18.8 (94/5) Nebraska

Record Against the Line:

We’ve still got three teams who are perfect against the line…but Maryland celebrates the end of September by playing OSU. At least they’ve got enough cushion to take the loss.

5-0 Maryland
5-0 Michigan
5-0 Penn State
3-1 Wisconsin
3-2 Minnesota
3-2 Rutgers
2-2 Ohio State
2-3 Indiana
2-3 Iowa
2-3 Michigan State
2-3 Nebraska
2-3 Northwestern
2-3 Purdue
1-4 Illinois

Who's Safe?

To hit the 25 PPG mark, you need at least 300 points in a 12-game season, 325 in a 13-game season, 350 in a 14-game season, and 375 in a 15-game season. Nobody's there yet, but once teams start hitting those thresholds, I'll mark them safe.

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