Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 3

Each week of the college football season offers a variety of games for fans to watch. I’m taking a super-early look at each week of the Big Ten season as a way to preview the 2012 campaign. Find my Week 3 schedule analysis in this post and watch our feature on Michigan State’s memorable 2010 win over Notre Dame now. Here’s my Week 1 and Week 2 posts, too, if you missed them.

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Did You See This? Ryan Jones' game-ending catch

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Ryan Jones' Game-Winning Snag

Michigan State had already allowed seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the opening game of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, and with the tying run on third base, second basemen Ryan Jones bailed out the Spartans. On what looked like the game-tying hit, Jones climbed the ladder and robbed his counterpart, Nebraska second baseman Pat Kelly, of an RBI hit. The terrific catch sealed Michigan State’s 10-9 victory and put it into the winner’s bracket. The Spartans entered the inning leading 10-2. Watch the play now.

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Dienhart: Ranking 2012's Big Ten LBs

The linebacking spot may be the most talented of any position on defense in the Big Ten in 2012. Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and Mike Taylor; Michigan State’s Denicos Allen; Illinois’ Jonathan Brown; Penn State’s Gerald Hodges all are back after earning either first- or second-team All-Big Ten accolades in 2011.

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NU's Amonte Hiller Makes Hall of Fame

Northwestern head women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  Amonte Hiller, winner of eight NCAA championships as a player at Maryland and a coach at Northwestern, will be inducted in honor of her tremendous career as a player, which included back-to-back national player of the year awards while playing for two NCAA title-winning teams at Maryland in 1995 and 1996.  Read more at NUsports.com.

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