Big Ten lunchtime links
November, 2, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
So there was this big news yesterday. I may need to take a leave of absence.
- Pat Harty wonders if Kirk Ferentz's ways are still working for Iowa. Athletic director Gary Barta says Ferentz is still the best coach for the school. Iowa is still looking for answers on defense.
- Michigan's Troy Woolfolk is enjoying his move back to safety as he makes room for freshman Blake Countess. Greg Mattison's son will be cheering for Iowa this week.
- Purdue's running game has been grounded of late. The Boilers' defense hopes to eliminate the big plays this week at Wisconsin.
- Mike Taylor doesn't talk a whole lot, but when the Wisconsin linebacker speaks up, teammates listen. It's time for the annual discussion of whether Bret Bielema is the right coach for the Badgers long term, Michael Hunt writes.
- Ohio State was improvising things on its game-winning play against Wisconsin. Boom Herron has given the team an emotional lift. NCAA sanctions could end the Buckeyes party.
- Maybe Damarlo Belcher's dismissal will end up helping Indiana.
- Michigan State is trying to figure out where its offense went wrong against Nebraska. Offensive coordinator Dan Roushar says the Spartans should have worked the middle of the field more.
- Minnesota receiver/returner Marcus Jones is out for the year with a knee injury.
- Pat Fitzgerald talks about the challenge of facing Nebraska.
- Taylor Martinez has grown a lot as a game manager for Nebraska. Three freshmen running backs are vying to be the next Huskers workhorse.
- Joe Paterno is no fan of this bye week. Penn State may be off, but it's still trying to earn respect.
- Teddy Greenstein handicaps the Big Ten race.