Getting a little quieter around here.
- Notre Dame's independence is losing value every year, and it's time for the Irish to join the Big Ten, David Haugh writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe says he trusts Jim Delany -- big mistake, CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish writes.
- Putting Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan in the same division is a mistake, Jared Shanker writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. A thorough look at the division possibilities from Adam Jacobi of Black Heart Gold Pants.
- Michigan and Michigan State both are destined for .500 seasons, according to one preseason publication.
- Penn State coach Joe Paterno continues to battle an intestinal bug, Bob Flounders writes in The Patriot-News. Nittany Lions recruit Alex Kenney is freaky fast, Jeff Rice writes in the Centre Daily Times.
- If the Big Ten divisions split East and West, Purdue and Indiana could be in major trouble, Terry Hutchens writes in The Indianapolis Star. Purdue's fourth-string quarterback is transferring, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Former Minnesota coach Glen Mason weighs in on the division possibilities, Myron Medcalf writes in the Star Tribune.
- Here's a good look at what Nebraska brings to each of the Big Ten sports programs beginning in 2011, from The (Bloomington) Herald-Times' Dustin Dopirak (subscription required).
- Nebraska will be a much bigger recruiting presence in the Big Ten region now, Mike Lucas writes in The Capital Times. The Huskers are among the expansion winners, Brian Cook writes in The Sporting Blog.