Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By Adam Rittenberg
These links go out to King Leonidas.
- Saturday's game at Miami marks a homecoming for 10 Ohio State players from the Sunshine State, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. The co-founder of the charity event where Ohio State players received cash says he had no knowledge of the payments, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Penn State's quarterback competition is over, but does Joe Paterno know it? It's decision time at the QB spot. Mike Poorman wonders if JoePa can fix Penn State one last time.
- Fantasy and reality are two different things for Michigan, Michael Rosenberg writes in the Detroit Free Press. Wolverines CB Troy Woolfolk has persevered throughout his college career, colleague Chantel Jennings writes.
- Buying a BMW apparently has its perks for Big Ten fans.
- Bo Pelini is disgusted with Nebraska's defense, Jon Nyatawa writes in the Omaha World-Herald. A look at how the Huskers swiped Ameer Abdullah from SEC country.
- There's good news on the Jerry Kill front, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press. The Minnesota coach has had several health scares in his career.
- Devin Smith's injury has thrust Wisconsin CB Marcus Cromartie into the spotlight. An interesting piece from Andy Baggot on how Badgers players approached the political uproar in the state earlier this year.
- Illinois needs to go to finishing school as a big game arrives Saturday, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Michigan State's defense will test Notre Dame, colleague Matt Fortuna writes. The Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode expects another close game between the Spartans and the Irish.
- Some interesting comments from Indiana assistant Mike Ekeler on how the Hoosiers need to stop hoping for wins and start demanding them. IU's latest depth chart has two walk-ons listed as starting linebackers, Dustin Dopirak writes (subscription required).
- Northwestern begins preparing for Army's unique schemes, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Athlon Sports' latest Big Ten power rankings still have Nebraska, and not Wisconsin, on top.
- The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse and Scott Dochterman break down Iowa's loss to Iowa State.