Big Ten lunch links
September, 21, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Follow me on Twitter throughout the Big Ten coaches' teleconference.
- First big news item of the day, as Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland will miss the remainder of the season because of recurring left shoulder problems.
- Here's where the Big Ten stacks up in the latest ESPN Stats & Info rankings.
- Michigan State should expect a smooth transition as Don Treadwell takes over the head-coaching duties, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. Three Spartans questions with the Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode.
- Former Big Ten coaches Lloyd Carr and George Perles weigh in on the stress that coaching can cause, Steve Kaminski writes in The Grand Rapids Press.
- Ohio U's now-banned mascot had been plotting to attack Brutus Buckeye all along. I'm sorry, but mascot fights are hilarious. Ohio State's offense is feeling more confident than Brutus right now, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Iowa needs to get its special-teams woes ironed out ASAP, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register.
- Michigan's Rich Rodriguez doesn't sleep much but tries to stay in shape for a rigorous job, John Niyo writes in The Detroit News. Quarterback Tate Forcier is "probably in the mix still to play," annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes.
- Al Golden is well aware of Temple's struggles against Penn State, but the Owls can close the gap Saturday, Matt Fortuna writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Nittany Lions quarterback Rob Bolden remains a work in progress, Josh Langenbacher writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Wisconsin freshman running back James White should get more carries in the coming weeks, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Northwestern expects the toughest test of the young season Saturday against Central Michigan, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- An interesting look at Indiana's equipment costs from The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens. The Hoosiers know they need the run game to get into gear, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Minnesota will retire the No. 78 of former Outland Trophy winner Bobby Bell on Oct. 2.
- A beat-up Purdue team tries to claw its way to 3-1 before the bye week, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Purdue Illinois 12:00 PM ET 20 Ohio State Maryland 2:30 PM ET North Texas Indiana 3:30 PM ET 17 Wisconsin Northwestern 7:00 PM ET Michigan Rutgers 8:00 PM ET 19 Nebraska 10 Michigan State