Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Big Ten lunch links
It's not too late to join my chat.
- Forget the long flight, the late kickoff and the time change: Iowa only needs to worry about Arizona, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. The Hawkeyes will be Normless in Arizona, as defensive coordinator Norm Parker misses the game, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Wisconsin could be two starting receivers short against Arizona State, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Capital Times' Mike Lucas explores an interesting question: What if Wisconsin had hired Dennis Erickson as its coach in 1986?
- A very interesting piece on Minnesota's football spending, or lack thereof, from the Star Tribune's Phil Miller.
- Penn State's tentative play proved costly at Alabama, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Lions are looking for more leadership in the coming weeks, Jerry DiPaola writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- Michigan State's season really starts Saturday, and Mark Dantonio expects a good game with Notre Dame, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Spartans running back Larry Caper has healed faster than expected from a hand injury, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Urban Meyer has some high praise for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, Nicole Auerbach writes in USA TODAY.
- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini talks about how the team's hybrid defenders will fare in the Big Ten, Dirk Chatelain writes in the Omaha World-Herald.
- Ohio State coach Jim Tressel tries to explain the chaos at the end of the first half against Miami, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. The Buckeyes aim to tackle their special problem, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Northwestern linebacker Bryce McNaul is inspired by his older brother, who will be deployed to Afghanistan in October, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Several Big Ten-related nuggets in the Five-Step Drop from AOL FanHouse's Michael David Smith.
- Purdue quarterback Robert Marve has to play smart and protect himself, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Indiana defensive back Matt Ernest, a converted receiver, is settling into his new role, Terry Hutchens writes in The Indianapolis Star.
- There's a more positive mood around the Illinois program these days, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. After so much shuffling on defense, Ron Zook might have finally gotten it right, Mark Tupper writes in the (Decatur) Herald & Review.