And he's off again. In my predictions I put PS3's (aka Denard Robinson) over all yardage vs UMass at 365 and well I was pretty close. He put up 345 yards (241 passing and 104 rushing), but like a few teams in the Big Ten this week, the Wolverines had to hold off a MinuteMen comeback and won 42-37.
Then there is Wisconsin. A lower level Pac-10 team in Arizona State came in to Camp Randall and was a yard and or a blocked PAT from upsetting and sending the game into the game.
I almost put this on my predictions blog. Upset Alert on the Illini. Playing little brother Northern Illinois I thought the Huskies would give the Illini a heck of a game and I was right. Illinois had to hold off NIU in the 4th to hold on to the win.
Minnesota moved up a level in competition, hosting USC and for a few minutes lead a couple times over the Trojans, in the end though USC pulled away for a 11 pt win. Penn State destroyed Kent State. The Ohio State University beat Ohio U bad. Purdue got past Ball State and Indiana is 2-0 for the 7th year in a row after beating Western Kentucky.
And now if you stayed up late. Michigan State sent Notre Dame to 1-2 in the Big Ten on the ballsiest play of the day. Down 31-28 in overtime, Mark Dantonio called for a fake FG, a play called "Little Giants" and 27 yards later, Michigan State wins.
Then in the Desert, even before ESPN could broadcast the game, Arizona was up 14-0 after a blocked punt and a pick 6. Iowa cut it to 14-7 then 100 yards later on a kick return it was back to 21-7. Iowa was down as much as 27-7 and cut back with plays from McNutt and a DL's dream of a pick 6. Nick Foles drove Arizona to a TD with around 3-4 minutes left, then sacked Iowa 4 straight plays.
Helmet Sticker - Should we just give him the WoodyBoyFry Big Ten Player of the Year Award? That may be fast forwarding a bit to much but Denard Robinson is a freak on the field. He threw his first pick but is still putting up FREAKY numbers.
Team of the Week - Yea they played Ohio but Ohio State did what you need to do. Go up 34-0 at half, get out of the game unscathed. Get the backups some playing time. Good week for the Buckeyes.
Game of the Week - Michigan State 34 - Notre Dame 31 - Prime Time at Spartan Stadium seems to be a good place for great finishes (see Iowa/MSU 2009). The game went back and fourth, with the Irish going up 28-21, the Spartans then tie it to send it to OT. After a Irish FG, Dantonio had the intestinal fortitude to call a fake fg from 27 yards out. The Spartans might now find themselves ranked or closer now.
Highlight of the Week -
10-1 on my Picks for Week 3 30-2 on the year. Not to bad of a run so far.
Next week is a Rake Your Lawn Saturday in the Big Ten. I'm not even going to attempt to pick a Game of the Week. Like this week, next week should be a good week for the Big Ten before conference play begins on October 2nd.