Monday, September 18, 2006

Monday Morning QB...

Three weeks down and the Big Ten is still on fire. Well, most of it anyway. Six teams, best in 1-A ball mind you - are unbeaten in the Big Ten. Not bad for a conference that the pundits annually place behind the SEC and even ACC and Big Twelve in terms of talent and depth. Michigan anihilated Notre Dame in South Bend. Michigan State man-handled Pitt on the road. OSU and Wisconsin breezed to their third wins. Iowa and Purdue had a tougher go but go there. It's good to be in the Big Ten


Well, it's good except for Indiana, who became the second conference member to lose to a 1-AA team (Southern Illinois). And then there is Illinois. This might have been the last good chance for the Illini to get a win. Northwestern struggled again and believe me, this isn't about the loss of Coach Walker. This team is just a hair above Juco when the offense (except Sutton) takes the field.


Minneosta and Penn State rebounded and give the Big Ten eight teams with a legitimate shot at a bowl game this holiday season. Yep, the Big Ten is looking good. Michigan State has a chance to make it 2-1 against Notre Dame and the conference race officially gets underway. Tighten the chin straps, this is going to be a wild ride.


Team of the Week...

Nothing more needs to be said than, Michigan.


Player of the Week...

So many to choose from, only one POTW award to hand out. I'm going to give mine to the Michigan defense. They set the tone early in a shockingly easy win at Notre Dame and served notice to the country that last year was a fluke...


Get Gamm Standings...
BigTenSportsFan wins last week for his WAG on the ND - Michigan score. BTSF, get me your picks by Wed. evening.



1 - mayo170 - 29-4 (.879)
T2 - Gamm - 28-5 (.848), 1 GG win
T2 - andrewj1313 - 28-5 (.848)
T2 - phatsdawg - 28-5 (.848)
T5 - Dan Meyer - 27-6 (.818)
T5 - flakcat - 27-6 (.818)
T5- BigTenSportsFan - 27-6 (.818), 1 GG win
8 - Buckeye Nation - 26-7 (.788), 1 GG win
T9 - Aaron Roberts - 20-2 (.909)*
T9 - Mike - 10-1 (.909)*
11 - PUFan - 8-3 (.727)*



* = Did not play week two
This weekend's slate:



Northwestern @ Nevada (Friday)
Iowa @ Illinois
Minnesota @ Purdue
Wisconsin @ Michigan
Connecticut @ Indiana
Penn State @ Ohio State
Notre Dame @ Michigan State (Tiebreaker)

6 comments:

Dan Meyer said...

A week chalk full of trap games. I could easily see myself going anywhere from 3-4 to 6-1.
Northwestern 14 at NEVADA 17
IOWA 24 at Illinois 20
Minnesota 35 at PURDUE 38
Wisconsin 17 at MICHIGAN 24
CONNECTICUT 28 at Indiana 21
Penn State 10 at OHIO STATE 24
NOTRE DAME 24 at Michigan State 21

phatsdawg said...

I agree with ya Dan tough games this week.

NEVADA 24 northwestern 17

IOWA 45 illinois 20

PURDUE 49 minnesota 42

MICHIGAN 28 wisconsin 17

UCONN 42 indiana 28

OHIO STATE 35 penn state 14

NOTRE DAME 35 michigan state 28

AndrewJ1313 said...

Northwestern 24, Nevada 21;
Iowa 32, Illinois 10;
Minnesota 28, Purdue 24;
Michigan 31, Wisconsin 20;
Indiana 17, Connecticut 13;
Michigan State 27, Notre Dame 24 – This could be a great shoot out. Quinn will have to be perfect the rest of the season to even be invited to NYC in December
Ohio State 24, Penn State 10.

flakcat said...

Northwestern 14 @ Nevada 35 - And, unfortunately, you're right Andy about the NU offense. Coaching changes are part of the problem though - especially the fact that those same coaches won't let our option QBs actually throw the ball more than 5 yards. Than again, they may not be letting them throw for good reason. The offense may be revived if and when Bacher gets healthy. For now, it's on life support.

Iowa 24 @ Illinois 3 - Looking forward to the Illinois-NU game this year. Woof.

Minnesota 27 @ Purdue 17 - Haven't seen either of them yet. I got married why?

Wisconsin 10 @ Michigan 24 - The Badgers don't have the horses to keep up with the Wolverines.

Connecticut 21 @ Indiana 28 - A winnable game for UConn, but unlikely.

Penn State 17 @ Ohio State 21 - Probably not this close.

Notre Dame 24 @ Michigan State 21 - Picking with my head instead of my heart here. Go Green!

PUFan said...

Northwestern 20, NEVADA 44
Iowa 37, ILLINOIS 12
Minnesota 30, PURDUE 33 -- 110% homer pick (grin)
Wisconsin 20, MICHIGAN 26
Connecticut 26, INDIANA 27
Penn State 10, OHIO STATE 30
Notre Dame 31, MICHIGAN STATE 27

Buckeye Nation said...

Fri 09/22/06
Northwestern 17 @ Nevada 20

Sat 09/23/06
Iowa 35 @ Illinois 14
Minnesota 46 @ Purdue 34
Wisconsin 13 @ Michigan 26
Connecticut 27 @ Indiana 26
Penn State 13 @ Ohio State 36
Notre Dame 38 @ Michigan State 32