Big Ten lunch links
August, 25, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
I hope you love me as much as Mike Martz loves Jay Cutler. Yeesh.
- The Big Ten will be more than the big four this season, AOL FanHouse's John Walters writes.
- Big Ten defensive ends Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), Adrian Clayborn (Iowa) and Cameron Heyward (Ohio State) can single-handedly change games, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Geography won't determine Big Ten divisions in the end, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Purdue AD Morgan Burke weighs in on the division debate, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- True freshman Robert Bolden could soon become Penn State's starting quarterback, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Jack Crawford is in line to become Penn State's next star D-lineman, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Bolden isn't the only true freshman quarterback in the mix for a starting job in the Big Ten, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. Still, Denard Robinson looks like the man to beat at Michigan, Michael Rosenberg writes in the Free Press. The downward spiral of former Michigan cornerback Boubacar Cissoko continues, annarbor.com's Lee Higgins writes.
- Brandon Wegher's return this fall seems unlikely, but Iowa should be fine at running back, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Not surprisingly, mammoth Michigan State freshman William Gholston is switching from linebacker to defensive end, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Michigan State's secondary has something to prove this fall, Denny Schwarze writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Minnesota's schedule looks pretty brutal, Hlas writes. Still, the Gophers could catch a big break in their opener if Middle Tennessee's Dwight Dasher can't play, Monte Hale writes in The Daily News Journal.
- Defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins and wideout Corey Brown are among the Ohio State freshmen who could see the field this fall, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Speaking of freshmen, Venric Mark leads a group of Northwestern newcomers who should see the field this fall, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Illinois starting tight end Zach Becker will miss the first three games with a foot injury, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- The competition for Indiana's backup quarterback job remains open, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt, a former tight end at Central Michigan, is getting some work at his old spot, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Purdue Indiana 12:00 PM ET Michigan 6 Ohio State 3:30 PM ET 10 Michigan State Penn State 3:30 PM ET 18 Minnesota 14 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Maryland