Big Ten lunch links
September, 14, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I'll quote the Illinois state trooper who pulled over the cab I took home from O'Hare on Sunday because the driver wasn't wearing his seat belt. Fortunately, the dude didn't get a ticket.
So everyone, as the trooper says, have a better day.
- Ohio State's offense let the team down against USC, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor takes the blame, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. For the Buckeyes' defense, the pain stings even more, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Perhaps Pryor picked the wrong team, SI.com's Stewart Mandel writes.
- Penn State needs to get its running game going in a hurry, Tricia Lafferty writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Lions could be without star linebacker Navorro Bowman for the second straight game against Temple, Keith Pompey writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Despite Kirk Cousins' impressive performance for Michigan State, Mark Dantonio is keeping his starting quarterback a secret, Dan Kilbridge writes in the Lansing State Journal. Cousins deserves the job, and Michigan State looked past Central Michigan, Drew Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Illinois quarterback Juice Williams has a sore quad muscle but shouldn't miss much more time, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- A great piece about the pipeline from Pahokee to Ann Arbor, Andy Reid writes in The Michigan Daily.
- Minnesota fans love the new stadium, but there were a few complaints after opening night, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Iowa running back Brandon Wegher eased Kirk Ferentz's concerns about playing freshmen. In fact, youth was served throughout the Hawkeyes' blowout victory against Iowa State.
- Purdue's mistake-ridden loss to Oregon will pay off down the line, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Badgers running back John Clay got his speed back, Andy Baggot writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.