You're worried about germs? I've seen you kiss a pigeon on the mouth.
The NCAA hands down its ruling on Michigan's violations today, and the news is good for coach Rich Rodriguez, colleague Joe Schad reports. Former Wolverines star Brandon Graham thinks the defense's problems rest with the 3-3-5 alignment, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes.
Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin defies the walk-on label, Joe Juliano writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joe Paterno keeps proving his critics wrong, Dick Weiss writes in the New York Daily News.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio didn't hide from the Chris L. Rucker situation, Drew Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press. Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins moves on from the interception-filled Iowa loss, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
The Altoona Mirror's Cory Giger writes that Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald would take the Penn State job (possible but unlikely, I've been told). Wildcats quarterback Dan Persa is the one Penn State let get away, Frank Bodani writes in the York Daily Record.
Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning recalls recruiting Denard Robinson as a quarterback to Kansas State, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.
Wisconsin avoids talk of the bowls and the BCS standings, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Quarterback Scott Tolzien is a stabilizing force for Wisconsin's offense, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Purdue's seniors tried to provide a jolt to the team in a players-only meeting Sunday, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
Kirk Ferentz is vague on the health status of Iowa running back Adam Robinson, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register. Freshman linebacker James Morris is more than holding his own for the Hawkeyes, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
According to the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press' Charley Walters, Minnesota is aiming really high for its next football coach. Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray says his recent tweets are no cause for alarm, Marcus Fuller writes in the Pioneer Press.
Six wins doesn't necessarily guarantee a bowl berth in the Big Ten this year, Jeff Rabjohns writes in The Indianapolis Star.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor wants to put the bye week to good use, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
As you might have heard, the Big Ten is still trying to find names for its new divisions.
Let's help out.
Send me your suggestions for division names and I'll publish them on Friday. Not to toot my horn, but high-ranking Big Ten officials read the blog -- some posts end up on Delany's desk -- and it's possible your suggestion could end up being the conference's choice.
One bit of advice: avoid names that only apply to one or two schools or geographical distinctions.
From the Chicago Tribune story:
The challenge, Big Ten officials say, comes from a reluctance to use either geography or the names of legendary conference coaches or athletes that would represent just two schools.
If you forgot what the divisions will look like, I've got you covered.
Division A: Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Minnesota
Division B: Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, Wisconsin