Friday, October 1, 2010
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
I don't get why people like brunch. What's the benefit of combining break dancing and lunch?
- The Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine goes inside the numbers for the first Saturday of league play. A Week 5 Big Ten preview from Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart. Iowa will emerge when the Big Ten dust settles, Joe Juliano writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- The latest Big Ten power poll from The (Champaign) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen.
- Unless Notre Dame comes calling, the Big Ten likely will remain at 12 teams, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- Purdue's worst fears come true as quarterback Robert Marve is sidelined for the season, Stacy Clardie writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- Iowa's Kirk Ferentz is still in awe of Joe Paterno, but he also keeps beating the Penn State coach, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register. DJK has been muzzled, so his teammates will talk for him.
- Indiana could have its first sellout in a non-Ohio State/Purdue game since 1992 on Saturday, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- It would be tricky for Minnesota to fire coach Tim Brewster midseason, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Wisconsin receiver David Gilreath will play Saturday but not return kicks or punts, Andy Baggot writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Three lessons we've learned about Michigan State through the first four games, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins shares similarities with Wisconsin counterpart Scott Tolzien, Denny Schwarze writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Ohio State AD Gene Smith becomes a very rich man. The Buckeyes don't expect tight end Jake Stoneburner (ankle) to play at Illinois, Doug Lesmerises writes, and Stoneburner tweets that he'll be back next week.
- Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa went the special-teams route to get on the field as a young player, Myron Medcalf writes in the Star Tribune. Wildcats cornerback Justan Vaughn has his own video blog on ESPNChicago.com, and this week he talks with fellow corner Jordan Mabin.
- Stefen Wisniewski likes what he sees from Penn State's new starting right tackle, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. The Big Ten shoots down the notion that Penn State has gotten a raw deal with so many league openers on the road, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has incredible leaping ability, but he needs to weigh when it's worth it to take flight.
- Dave Brandon talks about the strength of the Michigan brand name, Daniel Howes writes in The Detroit News.