Big Ten lunch links
September, 23, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy hump day.
- It looks like Iowa's Kirk Ferentz has Joe Paterno's number, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Ferentz is a realist about his team's injury status, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register. Iowa could upset Penn State again, Dave Curtis writes in The Sporting News.
- Paterno doesn't care about the revenge factor for Penn State, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror. He's more concerned about his linebackers, Jeff Rice writes in the Centre Daily Times.
- After poor performances on defense, particularly in the secondary, Michigan State has shuffled the depth chart, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio doesn't think much of quarterback Kirk Cousins' critics, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Jim Tressel is a better coach than Pete Carroll because he doesn't lose to bad teams, CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel writes. Ohio State still has a Big Ten title to play for, and possibly a shot at the national championship game, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. SI.com's Andy Staples has it right by not punishing Ohio State in this week's rankings.
- Does John Clay really want to be Wisconsin's starting running back? He needs to decide, Michael Hunt writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Minnesota will have starting cornerback Marcus Sherels back on the field Saturday at Northwestern, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Every Illinois fan remembers fondly what happened the last time the team went to Columbus, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott prepares for the blitz against Notre Dame, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Kelvin Grady has a new outlook on life after switching sports at Michigan, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.