Saturday, September 6, 2008
Big Ten Saturday: Keep an eye on the QBs
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Greetings from central Ohio, where it's a bit on the gloomy side but shouldn't be at The Shoe, where I'll be heading in a bit. There could be multiple new quarterbacks today in the Big Ten. I'm not saying, I'm just saying. Let's take a look around the league, starting with the game I'll be watching:
"This year, IU will pay $750,000 combined to its four visiting nonconference opponents. Murray State will receive the largest amount, $250,000. Last week, IU paid Western Kentucky $150,000. Later this season, Ball State will earn $150,000 and Central Michigan $200,000. With gate revenues exceeding $5 million for home games last year, IU sees it as a smart investment."
- Ricky Stanzi's improvement in recent weeks could prompt a change at quarterback for Iowa, Randy Peterson writes in The Des Moines Register. I've got to get Hawkeyes wideout Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, or DJK as he's known, on the phone. Entertaining kid.
- Michigan fans need to be patient with Rich Rodriguez and a transitioning team, Drew Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press. Steven Threet gets the start at quarterback, but he'll need help from others in a work-in-progress offense, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- Michigan State safety Otis Wiley is getting back to top form after a rough patch, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Tim Brewster wants to know just how much Minnesota has improved, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune. He'll find out today against Bowling Green.
- Northwestern's defense gets a big piece back tonight with the return of tackle John Gill, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Penn State's depth and versatility will be vital today against Oregon State after the suspensions of two defensive starters, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Lions are hurting themselves with the off-field issues, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
- Purdue linebacker Kevin Green draws inspiration from his (much) older brother, Stacy Clardie writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- Wisconsin's defensive line has bonded over personal tragedies, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. Marshall provides a test for the Badgers' run game, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.