Monday, August 31, 2009
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
It's game week, and here's a quick look around the league.
- It's a big year for Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, a favorite target for Buckeye fans, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Left guard Justin Boren continues to bring the nasty back for Ohio State, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Surviving the start of the Big Ten season tops Bob Asmussen's list of burning questions for Illinois.
- Intense is the word most use to describe Purdue head coach Danny Hope, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Minnesota's Tim Brewster could be coaching for a contract extension this fall, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Michigan knows it can't do worse after last season, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News. Wolverines freshman cornerback Adrian Witty is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse after retaking the SAT, annarbor.com's Dave Birkett writes.
- Want Big Ten previews? We've got 'em here and here and here and here.
- Penn State comes in at No. 5 in Chris Dufrense's countdown of the nation's top teams. Former Nittany Lions star Aaron Maybin thinks his successor Jack Crawford is destined for All-America honors, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Safeties Brendan Smith and Brad Phillips set the tone for Northwestern, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Michigan State has a lot of reasons for hope heading into its opener, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Ever wondered what happened to Iowa's heralded 2005 recruiting class? Some are still striving for respect, while others are coping with life after football.