So far So good for the Ten Yard Fight programs. Currently six teams rated in the top 25 several of those are going to be in serious contention for conference and national titles. Here's a review on how each team got to this point. (1)IOWA HAWKEYES 4-1(1-0) Currently number ten in the country, Iowa started the season off by sending a message to the rest of the BIG 10 with a decisive victory over national title favorites USC. They continued to knock down opponents by way of the passing game and James 'Vanderbeek' Vanderberg who is 4th in the country in that category. James Morris is also a early candidate for Conference DPY with over 40 tackles, 3 Sacks, and 2 INTs: He's been a nightmare for opposing offenses. The Hawkeyes had one defensive slip up in Blacksburg against the Hokies but with that high powered offense, its likely we see Zombie and the hawkeyes tapping at the Big 10 title door. (2)MICHIGAN ST. SPARTANS 3-2 (0-1) Sparty has some good wins against Boise St and Notre Dame but also has the bad loss on the road to Ole Miss that shut down this war party before it got started. A recent defensive collapse against Ohio St. has spoiled any opportunity for a national title this season behind new quarterback Andrew Maxwell but the future looks bright as the junior leads the nation in passing yards. He has had issues with ball security early on this season with 11 INT's and will need to adjust his reckless style if this team expects to see themselves near the top of the conference. Le'Veon Bell, Pre-season All-American RB, has gotten off to a slow start thus far and may be in store for a bigger role come conference play. And what was suppose to be a strength of the team this season has turned to disaster as the defense is currently ranked 4th to last in total yards allowed. (3)PURDUE BOILERMAKERS 2-2 (0-0) Purdue finally has the talent on the team this year to do some damage in the big 10. Unfortunately they need to get to conference play to do that damage. They dropped a winnable game in South Bend in a rivalry game against the Fighting Irish and the next week they allowed 48 points to a rebuilding Texas A&M offense. But not all bad is happening in Boilermaker country as they started off the season with a victory over top 15 West Virginia and just pulled in upset on the road in Chapel Hill against North Carolina. Purdue has a trio of solid QB's but they feel they've found their leader in Rob Henry. On defense Junior Dwayne Beckford has commanded attention of opposing teams with constant plays in the backfield and almost 25 tackles thus far. There will be brighter days in the future for this team and the signing of 4* RB Tim Johnson, there could be a transformation of the offense to one that controls the ground game. (4)NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS 2-2(1-0) The Wildcats season started off rough with a brutal schedule that saw them face two consecutive top 25 teams and played well in both contests but ended with 2 'L's in the standings. They have since rebounded with a huge home win against a always talented Hurricane squad which was sparked by one of the best single game performances we've since so far this year from anyone, Kain Colter. When Colter has played within himself, he's been close to unstoppable. Problem being, he sometimes attempts to do too many things by himself and can lead to untimely turnovers. Heading into the heart of conference play though, the wildcats appear to be turning themselves into a threat in the Legends division of the BIG 10 but will need to find more balance in the offense to see themselves near the top at the end of the season. (5)ILLINOIS FIGHTIN ILLINI 2-2(1-0) With the offense sputtering for most of the season under new Head Coach Tim Beckham, the defense has helped protect the season as a top 10 unit this season. A note of optimism though for the Illini offense in the first conference game of the season as they put up 38 points and 400 yards against a very formidable Penn St. defense. Is this a sign of things to come? Or merely just a bad gameplan from the Nittany Lion coaches? SEC Still to come.