Big Ten lunch links: Cousins to start for MSU
September, 1, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Two days away.
- Kirk Cousins will get the start at quarterback for Michigan State in the opener.
- The allegations at Michigan are troublesome, but Rich Rodriguez needs to make sure his team is united to start winning more games, Bob Wojnowski writes in The Detroit News. Rodriguez showed a genuine side in Monday's news conference, annarbor.com's Michael Rothstein writes. Building up football coaches into more than they are is the problem at Michigan, Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel writes. The father of Michigan freshman Je'Ron Stokes, quoted in the original Detroit Free Press story, defends Rich Rodriguez, Rivals.com's Chris Balas writes. Excerpts from Rodriguez's news conference.
- Northwestern, Minnesota and Wisconsin have the most to gain or lose this fall in the Big Ten, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Wisconsin doesn't have unrealistic expectations for its football team, but Badgers fans demand better organization from head coach Bret Bielema in 2009, Michael Hunt writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Someone has to be the grownup for a team that undermined its skills last season with junior-high behavior that embarrassed a proud school, and if that someone cannot be Bielema, [Barry] Alvarez must look elsewhere for leadership to uphold UW standards.
- Illinois running back Daniel Dufrene is questionable for Saturday's opener against Missouri, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Purdue's season-ticket sales have dropped by about 15 percent, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- The Big Ten needs to repair its reputation, while Penn State will repeat as league champ, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Penn State's Jerome Hayes makes it easy to root for him, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Nittany Lions star linebacker Navorro Bowman is back on the same page with Joe Paterno, Joe Juliano writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Former Iowa coach Hayden Fry weighs in on the 2009 Hawkeyes, the Des Moines Register's Andrew Logue writes in his blog.
- Indiana has virtually no experience at defensive tackle for its season opener Thursday, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).