Missing "Hard Knocks" already.
Iowa's defensive line boasts more than just the starting four, Ryan Suchomel writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Iowa's kicking game remains unsettled, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. No truth to the rumor that Brandon Wegher is headed to South Dakota.
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland returns to the field Saturday, and Ricky Wagner gets the start at right tackle, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers likely will be without receiver Nick Toon against Arizona State, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
USC coach Lane Kiffin saw great potential at Minnesota when he interviewed for the Gophers' coaching vacancy in 2007, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
Indiana helps its bottom line by showing a willingness to play smaller schools on the road, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
Penn State speedster Devon Smith wasn't overly impressed with SEC speed at Alabama, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Lions' safeties look overmatched, and cornerback D'Anton Lynn might be better off moving to safety, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
The last two Cincinnati coaches (Mark Dantonio and Brian Kelly) match wits Saturday at Michigan State, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Notre Dame's spread offense provides a test for the Spartans' defense, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. Michigan State's ground game will test the Irish D, ESPNChicago.com's Wes Morgan writes.
Illinois prepares for "big boy" football Saturday against Northern Illinois, while Eddie McGee's injury shuffles the depth chart at two positions, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith sounds off on Denard Robinson's hot start with AOL FanHouse's Brett McMurphy. Robinson needs some help in the backfield and should get it soon from Fitzgerald Toussaint, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
A look at the Posey Bowl between Ohio State and Ohio on Saturday from John Kampf of The News-Herald. Even Ohio State is talking about Michigan and Robinson, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
After Big Ten realignment, Northwestern and Rice likely won't play next season, Joseph Duarte writes in The Houston Chronicle. Northwestern turned up the heat in its indoor facility Wednesday to prepare for the Houston weather, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
It's too early for Purdue coach Danny Hope to worry about the stat sheet, Pete DiPrimio writes in The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel.