Team of the Week: Michigan State
Sparty had a lot to play for this week in what has been a house of horrors for them. It’s been since 1989 since Michigan State had won in Kinnick Stadium. They came out and punched Iowa in the mouth and got 2 big turnovers and turned them in to 14 points and eventually a 37-21 win over Iowa and took a HUGE step in moving forward to the Legends Division title and a trip to Indy for the inaugural Big Ten Title game. Northwestern and Indiana stand in the Spartans way. A win this week end clinches a tie for the division for Michigan State.
Helmet Sticker: Jeremy Ebert : WR : Northwestern. The Wildcats stepped away from conference play this week with a game vs Rice. The Wildcat WR had a big day too. Ebert had 7 catches, 208 yards and 2 scores. The Cats are now a win away from bowl eligibility.
Game of the Week: Purdue 26 – Ohio State 23
The Boilers fought the Buckeyes nose to nose and took a lead, punched them in the nose. Ohio State scored a late touchdown when trailing 20-14, and blocked a field goal to send the game to overtime. The Boilermakers then held off the Buckeyes just enough to get the win. The Boilers have won 2 straight vs. OSU at Ross-Ade Stadium and are a win away from bowl eligibility.
Big Ten Jimmy John’s Challenge
Chad (62-22) Matt (61-23) Kyle (60-24)
Big Ten Takeaway: Lots of respect to Bo Pelini this week. His statements after the Penn State-Nebraska game were more powerful and meaningful than any explosion he had on the sidelines at the refs or a player in his comments about the situation at Penn State. He said that the game should have been cancelled. As a university it was a teaching moment to the young kids on his team and also those watching sports center. Props to him.
National Takeaway: I thought one unbeaten would fall this weekend with Oregon upsetting Stanford. I never thought Boise State would go down to TCU. The BCS may have gotten messier with the Broncos unbeaten no more, Oklahoma State and LSU both have tough games ahead. We may still be in for one big mess!
Heisman Ballot: Kellen Moore : Boise State / Case Keenum : Houston / Andrew Luck : Stanford
Big Ten Player of the Year Top 3: Montee Ball : Wisconsin / Russell Wilson : Wisconsin / Marvin McNutt : Iowa