Big Ten Awards - Week 4

Well I hope most of you got your lawns raked, except if your in West Lafayette and Minneapolis.  All over the Big Ten teams did what they were supposed to do, or there were who we thought they were this week. Crown their ass!  Had to get the Dennis Green reference in there since Gopher coach Tim Brewster dropped it this week also too.

Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan all rolled.  Northwestern tussled a bit with Central Michigan before pulling away.  Indiana got past Akron.  Penn State had a scare from Temple trailing at halftime but pulled away in the 2nd half 22-13.

Purdue and Minnesota where the 2 Big Ten teams that couldn't make it a perfect weekend for the conference.  Purdue got hung up vs Toledo and lost QB Robert Marve and Northern Illinois might have given Tim Brewster his pink slip.

Of the teams that rolled, the only scare was to an injury to Michigan's PS3, Denard Robinson.  But Tate Foricer and filled in quite nicely.  I'm sure Sunday and Monday the whole Big Ten Media will be in Ann Arbor wondering if he will be ready for Big Ten play.

Wisconsin bumrushed porr little Austin Peay with 2 backs eclipsing 100 yards.  Adam Robinson, DJK and Ricky Stanzi lead Iowa to  big lead before giving way to the 2nd string vs Ball State.  Michigan State got a visit from recovering Coach Dantonio and beat down Northern Colorado.  Bowling Green put up some points on Michigan but couldn't stop RichRod's offense.

Helmet Sticker - Coming into week 4 Denard Robinson had received the 3 previous helmet stickers.  Someone in Columbus must have thought they needed to step up.  Terrel Pryor did.  Pryor was the top passer and rusher in the game, throwing for 224 yards, rushing for 104 and had 20 yards receiving.  Also had 6 touchdowns  (4 passing, 1 rushing, 1 receiving).  So if your tracking at home its 3 helmet stickers for Michigan, 1 for Ohio State.

Team of the Week - Michigan State.  Coming off a dramatic win vs Notre Dame on a fake kick the Spartans head coach suffered a heart attack.  Not being with the team all week, until a surprise visit on Friday, the Spartans came out and did what a team should do vs an FCS team.  They destroyed Northern Colorado.  The competition shifts in to Big Ten play next week as the Spartans take on Wisconsin. Wishing Dantonio a speedy recovery.

Game of the Week - Penn State 22 - Temple 13.  I'm sure Penn State was hoping it would put up as many points as other schools did this week going into conference play, but Temple gave them a fight.  Temple was up at halftime and well into the 3rd quarter till the Nittany Lions 2nd field goal in the 3rd gave them a 15-13 lead.  The Lions finally got in the end zone in the 4th to seal the win 22-13 and Evan Royster returned to form of what Lion's fans were used too busting loose for 187 yards.

Highlight of the Week - Again, Denard Robinson going PS3 on a defense.  He pulls off a Y button and X button in this 47 yard scoring dash.  

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Picks - I went 8-2 this week on my Big Ten Picks. Now 38-4 on the season.  Minnesota is responsible for 2 of those losses!  Games will get a little tougher next week with conference play starting up.

Next week - Next week, the real season begins  Big Ten play!  There are probably co-games of the week.  Iowa hosts Penn State at night in Kinnick, and Michigan State hosts the Badgers in a top 20 match-up at 330.  

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