Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
Is it Saturday yet?
- Joe Paterno is reluctant to talk about his past with Alabama and Bear Bryant, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News. The uncle of Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden will be rooting for Alabama on Saturday, Jerry DiPaola writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Lions think they've solved their special-teams woes, Jeff Rice writes in the Centre Daily Times.
- Iowa running back Jewel Hampton is "starving" to get back on the field, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Great quote from Iowa offensive lineman Josh Koeppel: "It’s not like getting hit by a truck really changes me."
- After facing Alabama in Week 1, San Jose State's coach sees some similarities with Wisconsin, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Defensive end Clay Nurse steps into the Bandit spot at Illinois following Michael Buchanan's suspension, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase actually felt better after watching the Missouri game tape, Mark Tupper writes in The (Decatur) Herald & Review.
- After strong openers, Big Ten powers Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan all need to step it up in Week 2, Chris Hine writes in the Chicago Tribune. Buckeyes defensive end Nathan Williams looked good in Tuesday's practice, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson might be too good to keep his shoes untied, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes. Robinson is Notre Dame's primary focus this week, Mark Potash writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Minnesota players are supporting teammate Jon Hoese after the loss of his father, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- Michigan State's "road" game in Detroit is truly bizarre, Michael Rosenberg writes in the Detroit Free Press. Dan Conroy has claimed the Spartans' starting place-kicking spot, Denny Schwarze writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Purdue running back Al-Terek McBruse admits he was tentative against Notre Dame following a knee sprain, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- After improving his blocking, Ted Bolser gives Indiana exactly what it needs at tight end, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).