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Big Ten Monday roundup

10/11/2010

I've been busy putting together team-by-team Big Ten midseason reviews for Tuesday -- check the blog bright and early! -- but here are a few notable items from around the league.

  • Michigan will be without receiver Martavious Odoms for an extended period after the junior suffered a broken foot in the loss to Michigan State. Coach Rich Rodriguez isn't sure if Odoms' injury is season ending, but Michigan now will lean more on wideout Junior Hemingway, who has looked good the past few weeks. Center David Molk and defensive tackle Mike Martin both suffered ankle sprains in the Michigan State game, but should be fine for this week's contest against Iowa. Running back Fitz Toussaint (shoulder) will miss another game, but could return after the bye week, Rodriguez said.

  • Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema doesn't regret his decision to go for two in the Badgers' blowout win against Minnesota, saying Monday, "I went to the card and I would go with it 1 million times over." Bielema told reporters in Madison that he had just seen Minnesota's offense score a quick touchdown and wasn't trying to run up the score with the 2-point conversion attempt.

  • Iowa's depth chart for Saturday's game at Michigan doesn't include middle linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, who was limited to a few plays against Penn State with a neck stinger. Troy Johnson is listed as the starter despite suffering a concussion in the Penn State contest, while impressive freshman James Morris projects as the backup.

  • Tight end Jake Stoneburner is back on Ohio State's depth chart as the starter after missing the past two games with a high ankle sprain. Expect to see No. 11 on the field Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium.

  • Colleague Mark Schlabach named Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson as the nation's midseason Offensive MVP. The Michigan State-Notre Dame overtime thriller earned Game of the Year honors, although the Spartans' fake field goal for a touchdown lost out to Les Miles' fake field goal call against Florida for the title of Best Play. Speaking of Robinson, he's SI.com's pick for the Halfway Heisman (Terrelle Pryor is No. 4), and he stepped up as a leader after the MSU defeat. Pryor is second in this week's Heisman Predictor, while Robinson drops to No. 6.

  • Indiana's depth chart for Arkansas State also is out, and here are some notes from The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).