Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy hump day.
- Costly interceptions were a problem throughout the Big Ten last week, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- As I reported earlier this week, the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl and the Big Ten will reach an agreement for the league's eighth bowl tie-in, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Ohio State downplays its offensive struggles but could be expanding the playbook, Ken Gordon and Tim May write in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Michigan State might not have quarterback Keith Nichol available Saturday against Northwestern, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News. The Spartans are better prepared for Northwestern's spread offense this time around, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Penn State linebacker Sean Lee expects to return to the field Saturday, but JoePa isn't so sure, Joe Juliano writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Wisconsin's performance against Iowa will largely determine the Badgers' season, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Kirk Ferentz doesn't dole out praise too often, but he likes what he's seen from Iowa's young running backs, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register.
- Minnesota running back Kevin Whaley is lucky to be alive, and he's making the most of his opportunity. Has Minnesota become the real Linebacker U this season?
- A week off might be the best remedy for Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier, annarbor.com's Dave Birkett writes.
- Purdue tries to snap its long losing streak against ranked opponents Saturday, Stacy Clardie writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- Still no word on who will start at quarterback for Illinois this week, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.