Tuesday Morning Quarterback
It was another tough weekend for the Big Ten. The MAC bit us again (NIU over Purdue). Notre Dame finally beat MSU at home, despite being on its heels all the way to the end. Northwestern coughed up a big lead in a loss to Syracuse - who is now 1-2 in the Big Ten! Minnesota got bullied by Cal. Are we thankful to take to league play this week? I know I am.
Team of the Week: Iowa. The Hawkeyes were the only Big Ten team to beat someone of note and did so with relative ease.
Player of the Week: Mike Kafka had a monster game for Northwestern, but a late pick set the Orangemen up for the game winner and ruined an otherwise outstanding performance (35-42 for 390 yards).
Around the Big Ten
Wisconsin - Wow. Win over Wofford. Yawn. Next up: Michigan State
Purdue - The Huskies nearly got UW in the opener and this time finished the deal. Two wins for the MAC over the Big Ten. Ugh. Next up: Notre Dame
Penn State - Things go from cupcake to serious in a hurry with Iowa coming to town. We can finally see how "real" Penn State will be this year. Next up: Iowa
Ohio State - OSU took out some frustration on a decent Toledo team. Pryor still wasn't exactly an ace, but he's got something to prove and that bodes well for the Bucknuts. Next Up: Illinois
Northwestern - The Wildcats were the first victim in three tries for Syracuse. The offense is up to snuff. The defense? Not so much. Next up: Minnesota
Minnesota - The Golden Gophers were clearly out-classed by the speed and talent of Cal. No worries though, most everyone in the nation would experience the same. Chance for redemption this weekend. Next up: at Northwestern
Michigan State - Another shot to the heart. State was this close to extending the win streak in Notre Dame Stadium but instead is 1-2 and desperate for a win. Next up: at Wisconsin
Michigan - EMU played Michigan closer than the score might indicate and the Wolverines lost their starting center in the process. Indiana won't pose much of a problem, giving the boys in blue a chance to further build their confidence. Next up: Indiana
Iowa - Iowa keeps getting better and better. Now it ratchets up a notch, a big notch. Penn State wants revenge. Next up: at Penn State
Indiana - Holy cow, IU is 3-0. Haven't beaten much, but are unbeaten nonetheless. This week we see if IU is for real or not. Next up: at Michigan
Illinois - Illini needed the rest with all the injuries mounting. This week starts a brutal stretch against the three "States" of the Big Ten. Next up: at Ohio State
Get Gamm Winner:
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Michigan State at Wisconsin
Indiana at Michigan
Minnesota at Northwestern
Illinois at Ohio State
Notre Dame at Purdue
Iowa at Penn State