Friday, December 31, 2010
Big Ten lunch links
Happy New Year's Eve.
- It's a blog debate as colleague Brian Bennett and I debate the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO.
- Jim Tressel made a shrewd move with his proposal to Ohio State's suspended players, Rob Oller writes in The Columbus Dispatch. The hypocrisy keeps going with Ohio State, the NCAA and the Sugar Bowl, Terry Pluto writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Ohio State spends the most money of any FBS school on its football program.
- Tate Forcier's academic woes turn the focus to Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon as Michigan's backup quarterbacks, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. Colleague Adam Schefter believes Jim Harbaugh would pass up the NFL to return to Michigan, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- Capital One Bowl quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Greg McElroy are practically mirror images, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. Strength coach Ken Mannie plays a huge role in the Spartans' success, John Niyo writes in The Detroit News.
- New Indiana offensive coordinator Brent Pease wants to ramp up the tempo in Bloomington, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Linebacker Michael Mauti's presence provides a big lift for Penn State, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Lions freshman quarterback Paul Jones learned patience during his redshirt season, Joe Juliano writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Hayden Fry's Rose Bowl Hall of Fame induction struck a chord with Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. It's a team effort for the Badgers' three-headed monster, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien has become a more efficient downfield passer, colleague Sharon Katz writes.
- Northwestern has a lot riding on young quarterback Evan Watkins in its bowl game, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. Another young player looks to make his Mark, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- It's time for Illinois to look ahead to a potentially promising 2011 season, GateHouse News Service's John Supinie writes.
- Predicting Iowa football under Kirk Ferentz is a nearly impossible task, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- New Minnesota coach Jerry Kill took some time to connect with the program's past, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.