Big Ten Awards - Week 8

Team of the Week : Really there isn’t a question…Michigan State.  The Spartans took one on the chin quickly from the Badgers going down 14-0…then fighting back to take a 23-14 lead into half time.  Russell Wilson lead a charge back in the 4th quarter to tie the game up at 31 all.  The teams swap time outs back and forth and then the final play is the hailmary, tipped, knock it down then catch and drive past the goal line by the slimmest of margins.  Also props to Purdue for the upset of Illinois.  The Boilers controlled the Illini the whole game and then held them off in the end.

Game of the Week :  Michigan State 37 – Wisconsin 31, no question at all.

Helmet Sticker – Marvin McNutt : Iowa : WR – The Iowa wide out eclipsed the school’s career mark for touchdowns with a 3 score game in the route of Indiana.  McNutt passed Danan Hughes and Tim Dwight on the all time list with his first score and then blew it out of the water with 2 more.  McNutt will most likely destroy this record along with the all-time yardage mark at Iowa by the time he finishes his last 6 games of his senior season.  Not to bad for a one time quarter back.

Big Ten Takeaway – The Big Ten’s only hope for the National Title is all but gone with Wisconsin losing to Michigan State.  Also gives Sparty a leg up on the Legends Division with a 1 game lead over Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska.  Other side, look who’s on top – Joe Pa and Penn State.

National Takeaway – This was Bill Hancock’s favorite weekend of the year.  He doesn’t have to sweat out a handful of BCS champions (maybe) all unbeaten at the end of the season.  OK State, and SEC team and Stanford could all be unbeaten when the season is over, along with Boise State.   But the loss by Wisconsin and Oklahoma may have helped to eliminate some power conferences.

Big Ten Predictions - Week 9

Big Ten
Game of the Week

Spartans vs Huskers
Michigan State is going to try to beat Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska all in the same month this week as the Spartans head to Lincoln.  Michigan State is coming off the last second stunner of Wisconsin in East Lansing.  Nebraska just blew out a really bad Minnesota team and probably were looking ahead to Michigan State at halftime last week.  If Michigan State wins that’s a HUGE leap forward toward Indy.  A Nebraska win brings the Spartans back to the pack of Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa and the race for the Legends Division is on.  I think that the first quarter there may be some affect on Michigan State and the drop off from last week, but by the 2nd and 3rd quarters they get Martinez into some throwing situations and pull it out in Lincoln.  Spartans 24 – Huskers 20

Big Ten Week 9 Picks
Illinois vs Penn State – Penn St (M/C/K)
Iowa vs Minnesota – Iowa (M/C/K)
Northwestern vs Indiana – N’western (M/C/K)
Purdue vs Michigan – Michigan (M/C/K)
Wisconsin vs Ohio State – Wisconsin (M/C/K)
Michigan State vs Nebraska – MSU (M/K):Neb (C)

Jimmy John’s Big Ten Challenge
Matt (51-16)          Chad (52-15)          Kyle (49-18)

Upset Alert
Penn State
--Illinois is getting beat down the past few weeks and they have to win here to stay alive for a chance for Indy from the Leaders division--


2011 Iowa HS Football Playoff Picks - Round by Round - Updated

4A - RD1 3A - RD1 2A - RD1 1A - RD1 A-RD1 8Man-RD1
ValleyCrestonSpirit LakeLawton-BronsonLeMarsNewell-Fonda
UrbandaleSC HeelanSC CalhounWest LyonAkron-WestfieldWB Mallard
DowlingBH/Rock ValleyKuemperEmmetsburgWest HancockArmstrong-Ringsted
LincolnCarrollOA-BCIGSC Sioux RapidsWoodbury CentralRemsen-Union
SE PolkClear LakeWest MarshallPanoramaMadridGlidden-Ralston
MarshalltownDecorahNorth PolkLogan-MagnoliaEarlhamEast Mills
WaukeeWest DelawarePCMCB St AlbertExiraFM Tabor
AnkenyWebster CityFD St EdmondDM ChristianBedfordStanton
Linn-MarMaquoketaForrest CityAPMC NewmanNEH
AssumptionGrinnellNorth FayetteGladbrook-ReinbeckNorth TamaJanesville
Iowa City HighSolonDyersvilleWoodward-GrangerPostvillePreston
Cedar FallsUnionNew HamptonSt AnsgarDon BoscoClarksville
North ScottPellaIC ReginaNorth CedarLisbonMelcher Dallas
Iowa City WestNorwalkAlbiaWest BranchLynville SullyMurray
Pleasant ValleyADMMediapolisAlburnettBGMAdair Casey
Bett Carlisle Wilton Wapsie Valley LoneTree Moravia
4A - RD2 3A - RD2 2A - RD2 1A - RD2 A-RD2 8Man-RD2
ValleySC HeelanSC CalhounWest LyonLeMarsWB Mallard
DowlingBH/Rock ValleyKuemperEmmetsburgWest HancockArmstrong-Ringsted
SE PolkClear LakeWest MarshallPanoramaMadridEast Mills
AnkenyWebster CityFD St EdmondCB St AlbertBedfordFM Tabor
Linn-MarGrinnellForrest CityAPMC NewmanNEH
Cedar FallsSolonDyersvilleWoodward-GrangerPostvilleClarksville
North ScottPellaIC ReginaWest BranchLisbonMelcher Dallas
Bett ADM Wilton Alburnett Lone Tree Moravia
DowlingSC HeelanKuemperEmmetsburgLeMarsWB Mallard
AnkenyWebster CityWest MarshallCB St AlbertMadridEast Mills
Cedar FallsSolonDyersvilleSPMC NewmanNEH
Bett ADM IC Regina West Branch Lisbon Melcher Dalas
AnkenySolonWest MarshallAPLeMarsEast Mills
Cedar Falls Webster City IC Regina Emmetsburg MC Newman NEH
Ankeny Solon West Marshall Emmetsburg LeMars NEH