Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
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- Ohio State feels Big Ten officials and the league dropped the ball in handling the Kurt Coleman situation, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Michigan cornerbacks Boubacar Cissoko and J.T. Floyd will compete for a starting job this week, annarbor.com's Dave Birkett writes. The records don't matter in the emotion-charged Michigan State-Michigan game, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- Safeties Kim Royston and Jay Valai have remained close friends, but Saturday's game against Wisconsin is a little more personal for Royston, who transferred from UW to Minnesota, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- The Sporting News' Dave Curtis checks in with Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien.
- Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald feels his team is capable of much more, Dan McGrath writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Arkansas State sees an opportunity at Kinnick Stadium, while Iowa guards against a letdown this weekend, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register. Former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George likes what he sees from Iowa's young running backs, Andy Hamilton and Pat Harty write in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Indiana's performance at Michigan gives fans a reason to believe, Chris Korman writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Michigan State needs some leadership to emerge on a struggling defense, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. The Spartans' margin for error is shrinking, Steve Grinczel writes in The Grand Rapids Press.
- Penn State has two weeks to fix its problems, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
- Illinois appears to be falling apart, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Illini fans shouldn't panic just yet, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.