Big Ten lunch links
October, 20, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
The links aren't going anywhere, but my Big Ten chat is happening right now. Join in!
- It looks like the Big Ten title race will go through Iowa City, Dave Curtis writes in The Sporting News.
- Check out where Ohio State stacks up in the latest ESPN recruiting rankings.
- Several Big Ten-related items in this week's Dash, including a section on the best restaurant in Madison.
- Five candidates Minnesota should consider for its head-coaching job, Matt Hayes writes in The Sporting News. Mike Leach talks with WCCO radio about the Minnesota job. MarQueis Gray won't be getting much time at quarterback down the stretch for the Gophers, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Mark Dantonio doesn't like talking about or thinking about the national polls, John Niyo writes in The Detroit News. Suspended Michigan State cornerback Chris L. Rucker waives his arraignment and will appear at a pretrial hearing, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
- Penn State players received a message last week: no starting spots are guaranteed, Rich Scarcella writes in the Reading Eagle. Joe Paterno's solution to reduce helmet-to-helmet hits in football is to ditch the facemask, Jerry DiPaola writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- Jim Tressel is a master at revenge, and Ohio State looks to get some against Purdue, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State's defense is feeling the effects of several key injuries, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Some Wisconsin fans will never like Bret Bielema, but the guy is getting the job done right now, Michael Hunt writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Illinois should receive a big lift as Terry Hawthorne gets healthy, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. The Illini look to improve their play in the second halves of games, Stu Durando writes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Iowa running back Adam Robinson plays with a chip on his shoulder, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Defensive coordinator Norm Parker likely won't return this week, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Next year's Iowa-Nebraska game isn't moving to Friday, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- According to Purdue linebacker Joe Holland, the Boilers are only "slight underdogs" heading to Columbus, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier. Purdue has been at its best in Big Ten play, The Associated Press' Cliff Brunt writes.
- Changing coordinators doesn't always work, as recent Big Ten history has shown, Andy Graham writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow looks at the top five moments and the bottom five moments from the first half of Michigan's season.