Thursday, September 22, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By Adam Rittenberg
There are very few parenting issues where I come out on top. I'm distant, I work too much, my French braiding is sloppy. Finally something that's not my fault!
- Can't get enough realignment talk? Neither can Tom Shatel. The Big Ten is better off at 12 teams, Michael Rosenberg writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Penn State assistant Jay Paterno drops a Latin phrase in his latest column about dealing with criticism. Lions linebacker Michael Mauti misses home but relishes continuing his family tradition in State College.
- Nebraska star defensive tackle Jared Crick misses another practice. A good piece on the Bob Devaney connection between Nebraska and Wyoming.
- Kyle Turley can't rattle Michigan coach Brady Hoke. The Wolverines will turn to Vincent Smith as their top running back on Saturday.
- Missed tackles have been a problem for Ohio State's defense, Doug Lesmerises writes in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Buckeyes defensive lineman John Simon welcomes the adversity, Bill Rabinowitz writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Like numbers? Then you'll love Dave Revsine's latest entry in the Big Ten numbers blog.
- Illinois' defensive front seven has gone from potential weakness to pleasant surprise. The Illini won't overlook Western Michigan, ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers writes.
- Phil Miller writes that Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has become a role model for others with his health issues. The Bison are coming.
- Indiana's D'Angelo Roberts isn't satisfied with his first 100-yard rushing performance, Terry Hutchens writes in the Indianapolis Star.
- Wisconsin gets good news on tackle Josh Oglesby. Badgers cornerback Devin Smith, meanwhile, won't be back this season but looks forward to 2012.
- Iowa defensive backs Shaun Prater and Micah Hyde compete for "swag" this season. In case you missed it, Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg joined Bennett and I on the Big Ten podcast.
- Michigan State aims for more pick-sixes from its secondary. The Spartans' special teams, meanwhile, need a serious upgrade.
- Purdue is still searching for its identity this season.
- The Big Ten isn't even the nation's No. 2 conference, according to the Sporting News.