Big Ten lunch links
August, 31, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
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- I'll have a full post on this in an hour, but check out the Omaha World-Herald's extensive look at Nebraska's path to the Big Ten.
- Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa all have shots at reaching the BCS title game, according to ESPN's experts.
- Michigan and Ohio State belong in the same division, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News.
- Leadership might be an issue for Penn State this season, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror. The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News' Bob Flounders projects the offensive starters and defensive starters for the Nittany Lions.
- Jim Tressel has more immediate concerns than what happens to the Ohio State-Michigan game in the future, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State's coaches expect a smooth performance from Terrelle Pryor and the passing game Thursday against Marshall, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Michigan State's ability to stabilize the right side of its offensive line tops Joe Rexrode's list of preseason storylines.
- Given his past history against Connecticut, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez might be pleased to see the Huskies on Saturday, annarbor.com's Michael Rothstein writes. Michigan has no time to waste and will throw freshmen into the fire in the opener, Bob Wojnowski writes in The Detroit News.
- Minnesota fullback Jon Hoese could miss the trip to Middle Tennessee after his father suffered a stroke, Roman Augustoviz writes in the Star Tribune. The Gophers plan to turn up the heat on Middle Tennessee's new starting quarterback, Marcus Fuller writes in The (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- After a poor junior year, Indiana cornerback Richard Council turned things around this offseason, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times.
- Missouri will take to the air a lot against Illinois' depleted secondary Saturday, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. The Illinois-Northwestern rivalry likely will be protected in the Big Ten's division alignment, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Big Ten Network analyst Howard Griffith has some high praise for Iowa running back Jewel Hampton, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register. Iowa plans to play at least three freshmen right away, including tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Hawkeyes center Josh Koeppel appears to be OK after a motorcycle accident.
- Right guard and cornerback are two spots not quite settled on Wisconsin's Week 1 depth chart, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Northwestern made the run game its top offseason priority and expects better results, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska