Big Ten lunch links

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

So it turns out I'm not that old yet. Last night, my wife and I were riding the train back from a concert and two Big Ten football players were in the same car. As one of the players walked by, he said, "You've got good taste in music." Glad to see I'm still on the same wavelength as the kids.

Eric Decker's football-or-baseball decision wasn't made on a whim, as the uber intense Minnesota wideout weighed his options, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.The fathers of Michigan State's quarterback candidates are still left in the dark about the big decision, the Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode writes in his blog. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio is willing to be patient when it comes to when recruits visit campus, Matt Dorsey writes in the Detroit Free Press.Jermale Hines might not carry the starter's tag at Ohio State, but he'll see plenty of time in plenty of places on defense, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.Everyone knows about Michigan's quarterback race, but here are four other position battles to watch as the season nears, annarbor.com's Dave Birkett writes.As the elder statesman of Penn State's offensive line, Dennis Landolt is ready for increased responsibility, Joe Juliano writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Nittany Lions players can't change the schedule this year, but if they could, they'd play USC, Josh Langenbacher writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.Veteran Bryan Payton likely will get the first shot at running back for Indiana this fall, The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens writes in his blog.The Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine hands out awards from his tour around the league.