Saturday, October 18, 2003

Well, well, well... there are only two teams left who are undefeated in Big Ten play, and - I dare anyone to tell me they predicted this at the start of the season - they're Purdue (26-23 winners over Wisconsin thanks to a FG with :03 left - Ben Jones made four of 'em today, while QB Kyle Orton threw a mighty impressive 38 of 55 for 411 yards with 1 TD and no interceptions) and shocking Michigan State (whose DeAndra Cobb had a 100-yard kickoff return to help lead the Spartans [along with QB Jeff Smoker's 252 yards] over Minnesota 44-38). MSU is now 4-0 conference, 7-1 overall, while the Boilers are 3-0, 6-1. This is not your Daddy's Big Ten, y'all, no it ain't. And it's within the realm of possibility that Purdue (#13 AP/#15 USA Today/ESPN) could find itself ranked in the top 10 when new polls come out tomorrow, for the first time in - in a reallylongtime. How long's it been, Stump? Please share your knowledge with our studio audience.

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