Big Ten lunch links
September, 3, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Ohio State linebacker Brian Rolle called Miami "spicy." Is your favorite team spicy?
- Days after his father suffered a severe stroke, Minnesota fullback Jon Hoese had the game of his life Thursday night, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. A healthy Duane Bennett equals good things for the Gophers run game, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Jodie Valade looks at the best and worst from Ohio State-Marshall. Terrelle Pryor's strong opener hints of good things to come, Bill Livingston writes in The Plain Dealer.
- We didn't learn too much from watching Indiana stomp Towson, Bob Kravitz writes in The Indianapolis Star. Indiana's offense sparkled in the opener, while the defense raised more concerns, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- A look behind the history of Robert Bolden's upcoming start at Penn State from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman. Penn State's delay in naming a starting quarterback could hold back the passing attack for several weeks, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Will Nittany Nation forgive this Nebraska writer? Probably not.
- The Wisconsin-Iowa rivalry lost out with the new Big Ten divisional alignment, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Iowa makes Kirk Ferentz the league's highest-paid coach, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Purdue co-defensive coordinator Gary Emanuel knows what to expect from Brian Kelly's offense at Notre Dame, Stacy Clardie writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- Michigan might play as many as 12 freshmen in Saturday's season opener, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. The Big House will look great Saturday, but Bob Wojnowski asks, will the Michigan team?
- Illinois' series against Missouri in St. Louis was a good idea that hasn't worked out well, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. The Illini embrace their role as underdogs for Saturday's game, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins nearly ended up playing for Western Michigan, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. Led by Greg Jones, the Spartans' linebacking corps could be the best ever, Charboneau writes.
- A look at the winners and losers from Big Ten divisional alignment from The Detroit News' Matt Charboneau. In case you missed the division links from around the country, annarbor.com's Kaleb Roedel has you covered.
- Wisconsin star offensive linemen Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt are always barking at each other, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- New Northwestern starting quarterback Dan Persa inspires plenty of confidence, Brad Wilson writes in The Express-Times. A great look at the play that defines Drake Dunsmore's career at Northwestern from the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein.