Friday, October 15, 2010
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
I know that this isn't a symbol for the crossroads of ideas. I now know it's a butt.
- The Big Ten surprisingly has the best crop of quarterbacks in the country, The Associated Press' Luke Meredith writes. A good look at the Big Ten at the midpoint and picks for Week 7 from the Chicago Sun-Times' Herb Gould.
- Don't expect Ohio State and Michigan to start building statues outside their stadiums any time soon, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- The Star Tribune's Jim Souhan outlines how Minnesota should replace Tim Brewster, including the hiring of Glen Mason as interim coach. Minnesota's MarQueis Gray makes strides at receiver while waiting to play quarterback, Jeff Rabjohns writes in The Indianapolis Star.
- Wisconsin needs to find more big plays on offense, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. A roundup of Wisconsin-Ohio State predictions from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Dave Heller.
- Former Ohio State star Santonio Holmes assures a Buckeyes assistant that he didn't take money from an agent, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. SI.com's Bill Trocchi breaks down the Buckeyes' quest to remain No. 1.
- Illinois linebacker Nate Bussey earns style points both on and off the field, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. Illini punter Anthony Santella is reaching new heights this fall, ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers writes.
- Several Big Ten teams make an appearance in this week's Bottom 10.
- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon talks more about the 2012 game against Alabama, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News. Rich Rodriguez is a little envious of the time Kirk Ferentz has had to build Iowa's program, The Associated Press' Larry Lage writes.
- Iowa is the favorite in Saturday's game, but winning in Ann Arbor still has historic implications for the Hawkeyes, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register.
- Michigan State football is finally owning the spotlight in hoops-crazed East Lansing, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. The Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode and Barry Kiel debate whether Michigan State looks like a champion. An interesting view of Michigan State from The (Champaign) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen.
- A look at five reasons for Northwestern's football rebirth from the Chicago Sun-Times' Rick Telander.
- Indiana has to respond from adversity Saturday against Arkansas State, Pete DiPrimio writes in The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel.
- Purdue is confident that quarterback Rob Henry can develop as a passer, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Penn State is learning that it's more damaging to lose games in the current media environment, statecollege.com's Mike Poorman writes.