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Big Ten lunchtime links: Bielema recaps confusion on game-winning TD

10/7/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Rich Rodriguez and Bret Bielema aren't the happiest guys these days, and both coaches have some things to fix before this weekend. Here's your daily fix of the happenings around the Big Ten Conference.

  • Bielema didn't grasp Wisconsin's defensive confusion on Ohio State's game-winning touchdown until reviewing the game tape Sunday, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The crowd noise at Camp Randall Stadium also worked against the home team, as linebacker Jonathan Casillas recalled.

"[Jaevery McFadden] was right in front of me and yelling and you couldn't understand what he was saying because it was so loud. We were in a state of limbo almost, unsure of where we were. And we ended up getting lined up late. When you line up against an offense you have to get into your stance. Then you have to analyze what they are in and dissect that. And then go from there, read and react. I don't think we gave ourselves a chance to read and react."

  • Rodriguez used the S-word -- soft -- to describe Michigan's play in a 25-point home loss to Illinois, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.  

  • After being shredded by C.J. Bacher last season, Michigan State's banged-up secondary needs all of its healthy members to step up Saturday against Northwestern, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.

  • Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter began playing football in Ohio before moving to Indiana as a middle-schooler. What if he had stayed in the Buckeye State? The Columbus Dispatch's Bob Baptist takes a look. 

  • Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark has answered questions about his passing ability. Now it's time to see him run more, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.