Monday, September 25, 2006

Monday Morning QB...
And then there were four ... four unbeatens that is. After the opening weekend of conference play for all but Indiana and Michigan State, four teams sit atop the conference, and the same four remain perfect on the season. Michigan buckled down in the second half to defensively dominate Wisconsin. Purdue won a wild one with Minnesota. Ohio State sealed a tougher than the final score indicated victory over Penn State with two late interception returns for touchdown. Iowa fought off a pesky Illinois team to set up a show down with the Buckeyes this weekend.

For others, it was all about heartbreak. Northwestern fought and clawed and gave it a great effort but fell short at Nevada. Indiana came up a score short against UConn. And then there was Michigan State. Oh to be a Spartan this Monday morning. Okay, so it is nothing new to watch my alma mater snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but it is particularly painful when you dominate a rival for 50 minutes, weather a soaking rain and swirling winds and don't arrive home until 2 am! Last year the experts were on watch to see if MSU could handle the success of beating Notre Dame in overtime. This week we're all on standby to see how the Spartans respond to the adversity of a never should have happened loss.

Team of the Week...
I could give it to Michigan again, but instead, I'm going with the scarlet and gray. This was the second big game in three weeks with a huge road trip looming this weekend as well. OSU fought through the offensive doldrums and slugged out a win setting up a big contest with Iowa this Saturday.

Player of the Week...
Michigan's Mario Manningham. The sophomore became the second Wolverine to win the conference honor two straight weeks (Desmond Howard was the other) and now has five TDs in the last two games.

Get Gamm Standings...
The winner for the week was Purdue fan Dan Meyer who went 7-0 and nailed the point differential on the tiebreaker.

1 - phatsdawg: 35-5 (.875)
2 - Dan Meyer: 34-6 (,850), 1 GG win
3 - mayo170: 33-7 (.825)
T4 - Gamm: 32-8 (.800), 1 GG win
T4 - flakcat: 32-8 (.800)
T4 - Buckeye Nation: 32-8 (.800), 1 GG win
T7 - andrewj1313: 31-9 (.775)
T7 - BigTenSportsFan: 31-9 (.775), 1 GG win
T9 - Aaron Roberts: 20-2 (.909)*
T9 - Mike: 10-1 (.909)*
11 - PUFan: 14-4 (.777)*

* Missed weeks, not eligible for prize

This weekend's slate...
Illinois at Michigan State
Wisconsin at Indiana
Purdue at Notre Dame
Northwestern at Penn State
Michigan at Minnesota
Ohio State at Iowa (Tiebreaker)


BigTenSportsFan said...

Illinois 42 at Michigan State 45
Wisconsin 38 at Indiana 37
Purdue 51 at Notre Dame 3
Northwestern 16 at Penn State 17
Michigan 48 at Minnesota 41
Ohio State 31 at Iowa 33

phatsdawg said...

here we go again
MICHIGAN STATE 45 illinois 17

WISCONSIN 35 indiana 14

PURDUE 42 notre dame 35(picking with my heart!)

PENN STATE 35 northwestern 0

MICHIGAN 42 minnesota 28

OHIO STATE 21 iowa 20

AndrewJ1313 said...

Wisconsin 28, Indiana 13;
Michigan State 38, Illinois 17 - Unless MSU wants to melt-down again;
Notre Dame 40, Purdue 26;
Penn State 32, Northwestern 10;
Michigan 32, Minnesota 20;
Ohio State 27, Iowa 17.

GO BUCKS!!!!!!!

flakcat said...

Wisconsin 24 at Indiana 3
Illinois 14 at Michigan State 35
Purdue 14 at Notre Dame 27
Northwestern 7 at Penn State 21
Michigan 31 at Minnesota 24

Ohio State 28 @ Iowa 17