Team of the Week : ILLINOIS - Arizona State came into Champaign with a 2-0 record, some fancy new uniforms with a new logo, and a win over top 25 team already last week topping off Missouri. Also the tallest QB in the nation at 6-8. Though Illini QB Nathan Shcheelhaase was the QB that lead a game winning drive in the 4th with a TD pass. The Illini and Ron Zook are now a quiet 3-0 in the Big Ten with the impressive win over Arizona State and can go 4-0 next week with a win over Western Michigan.
Helmet Sticker : Denard Robinson went off like it was 2010. Rushing for 198 yards vs Eastern Michigan he also tallied 3 tds in a 31-3 victory. The Wolverines were never in any doubt to lose this game but PS3 (aka Shoelace) went off again and was just fun to watch. It's not RichRod's offense but Hoke isn't dumb enough to keep DRob just in the pocket.
James Vandenberg threw for 399 yards, 168 in the fourth quarter and 3 tds to lead Iowa to it's biggest comeback victory in school history. Kirk Ferentz and Ken O'Keefe abandonded the run vs 8 in the box and got rid of the play action and let James sling it. Hopefully they learned something from this. He put the Hawks on his arm and did what he does best.
Russell Wilson also put on a passing clinic. Earning his 2nd helmet sticker, the Badger QB threw for 347 yards and 3 scores in a route of Northern Illinois in Soldier Field. The transfer has been a nice addition for the Badgers who with Wilson have a threat at QB now with their road grading running attack. In 3 games Wilson has 759 yards passing and 8 tds to 0 int.
Game of the Week : IOWA 31 - PITT 27 : Don't call it a comeback! WOW. What happened in Iowa City was reminiscent of Iowa-Indiana 2009. Down 21 at one point Iowa went to outscore Pitt 28-3 over the final 16 minutes to move to 2-1. James Vandenberg tossed the ball 399 yards and had 3 tds. With little time in the 3rd the Hawks changed their offensive philosophy from running and play action to a gun slinger in no huddle and shot gun and it worked. The offense sparked, Jordan Bernstine started and laid some big hits. Micah Hyde capped the game with a pick as Pitt was driving.
Highlight of the Week : Jeremy Ebert touchdown grab vs Army. (at the 47 second mark)
Big Ten Take Away : Wisconsin is the best team in the Big Ten. Nebraska jumped up in competition and showed its stuff. Though I still think if you get the Huskers where they need to pass they are in trouble. Illinois is a sneaky 3-0 and may give some teams some fits. Iowa needs to abandon what they are known for with this young team. Michigan State isn't in trouble, just met a desperate Notre Dame team this weeknd.
National Take Away : Auburn's luck ran out with a 14 point loss at Clemson. Oklahoma made the biggest statement of the weekend with a win over Florida State at Doak Campbell.
Jimmy John's Big Ten Challenge
Week – Matt (8-4) Chad (7-5) Kyle (8-4)
Season – Matt (27-9) Chad (27-9) Kyle (26-10)