Big Ten lunchtime links: High praise for Gophers' hire
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
If you're like me, you're still digesting turkey. But I hope you brought your appetite for links.
- The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein takes a look back at his preseason Big Ten picks, which didn't give Penn State or Iowa much credit after both teams endured waves of off-field problems.
- Minnesota's hire of new offensive line coach Tim Davis will allow offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar to concentrate solely on the passing attack, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
"It is unacceptable that we're last in the Big Ten in rushing the football," [head coach Tim] Brewster said Tuesday. "The running game [Davis] and I are going to implement is one he and I are familiar with."
So what does that mean for Dunbar, a spread offense guru? His role changes. He will still call the plays, but it will be a collaborative effort, according to Brewster. Dunbar will coordinate the passing game while Davis and Brewster concentrate on the run.
- Former USC quarterback John David Booty likes Minnesota's hire of Davis, whose offensive line helped the Trojans to back-to-back national titles, Sid Hartman writes in the Star Tribune.
- Why is a Philadelphia newspaper writing about the Oregon-Oregon State game? Because the outcome likely determines who Penn State plays in the Rose Bowl.
- Ohio State's late surge can be directly tied to improvement on the offensive line, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Some question the legitimacy of Michigan State's 9-3 season, but Detroit Free Press blogger Jamie Samuelsen doesn't diminish what the Spartans have accomplished this fall.
"If the argument is that Michigan State isn't a good 9-3 team, then my question would be -- who is? Nobody is saying that this team is a borderline BCS team. They're a good team having a good season. Why can't we just leave it at that?"