This week's awards are going to be abbreviated and short, and I will admit all that I saw of a Big Ten snap this week were highlights on ESPN. I was on a family trip in Big Red country and was subject to non-Big Ten options when I could sit down.
So from what I saw, Michigan State is going to be a player in the Big Ten Championship race. 2-0, got pats Wisconsin and Michigan. Next up are Illinois and Northwestern. 8-0/4-0 isn't out of the realm of possibility. Speaking of those next 2 opponents, Illinois? Where did this come from. Zooker went in to Happy Valley and the Illini put a beat down on the Nittany Lions. A bowl isn't out of the possibility now for Illinois and Penn State well it's looking more like JoePa's last year. Northwestern, who I among others have been pimping, slipped up vs the Boilers at home. Purdue was with out their top back going into the year and starting QB. Shocked by this one. Then there was Ohio State, Pryor and company did what the #2 team in the country should do, beat down Indiana. The Badgers also kept the Ax in a game where Bret Bielema went for 2 while his team was up 25, prompting a heated exchange between he and Tim Brewster at mid-field.
Helmet Sticker - Terrel Pryor. The QB had a career day throwing for 334 yards and 3 scores. He doesn't look like he's being put under wraps for Tressel-Ball does he? Could it be because of #16 up north? Maybe but he has the Buckeyes Offense rolling and looking good.
Team of the Week - Michigan State. Roll into arch rival Ann Arbor and lays the smack down on the talk of the town in Michigan and Denard Robinson. Like the game vs Wisconsin the week before, the Spartans didn't get lucky, they didn't win close or ugly, they rolled. They WON. It's kind of a different theme from Sparty where it's kind of expected they don't win multiple games like this. But Sparty is rolling, and they should be 8-0 going to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes.
Game of the Week - Purdue 20 - Northwestern 17. The Boilers were with out their starting running back and quarterback. Northwestern was 5-0 and could have become bowl eligible and 6-0 all they had to to do was get by a beat up Boiler team. Dan Persa and the Cats still moved the ball but couldn't get in the end zone. Purdue did just enough and got a nice conference road win.
Picks - A rough week this week, went 2-3 this week. Home teams killed me. Illinois, Sparty and Purdue all went on the road and won. It's not easy to win on the road and Illinois and Sparty did it in to of the larger Big Ten venues. The 2-3 week put me at 6-4 on the year in the conference and 44-8. Also now -2 in the Jimmy John's Challenge vs Chad.