With Michigan‘s loss Saturday night at Notre Dame, the Big Ten now has three teams ranked in the Coaches Poll, released Sunday. The Wolverines, previously No. 18, fell out of the poll, while Michigan State (No. 18), Nebraska (No. 20) and Wisconsin (No. 23) all moved up following victories.
Another big game, another loss by the Big Ten. And so it has gone the first four weeks of what has been a black-and-blue season for the Big Ten.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 4? Find out in this post.
Manti Te’o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night. Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn’t as effective this time as he threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8-yard line on the first drive of the second half.
Notre Dame and Michigan combined for a total of no points and one turnover in a sloppy third quarter and the margin is still 10, as the Fighting Irish lead 10-0.
Tommy Rees had a productive quarter for Notre Dame. He threw for 45 yards and ran for two yards and one touchdown, and the Fighting Irish now lead 10-0. Notre Dame took the game’s first lead after Kyle Brindza drilled a 33-yard field goal on the last play of a four-play, one-yard drive.
The first quarter saw both teams combine for no points and two turnovers and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. No. 15 Notre Dame will start the second quarter with possession at its own 31-yard line.