Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Some final hot links before the games begin.
Think James Laurinaitis is scary on a football field? He could have been a monster on ice, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
If tonight's game comes down to a field goal, Penn State senior Kevin Kelly will be ready, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises thinks Penn State's offensive line, the Spread HD offense and good ol' fashioned karma will make the difference tonight.
Michigan State has injected emotion into the Michigan game -- and made it a real rivalry again, Drew Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press. The Wolverines are 2-6, but the Spartans might be the more desperate team today, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
It's been a frustrating season for Wisconsin All-American Travis Beckum, but the senior H-back doesn't regret returning to school, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Cory Liuget and his fellow freshman want to bring a national title to Illinois, and they're off to a good start, Bob Asmussen writes in The News-Gazette.
Northwestern might have the league's least experienced offensive line, but the group has grown up fast this season, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
Wide receiver Eric Decker has been Mr. Reliable for Minnesota this season, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.