- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Use this weekend to test your grills, buy your face paint and design your signs. From here on out, football will fill the rest of your 2011 weekends.
Greg Mattison sees improvement in the Michigan defense, but it's not all the way there yet. Al Borges says the offense will be "gunning" more than any he's overseen in 24 years because of Denard Robinson. Physical play in practice has quite a few Wolverines banged up.
Nebraska backup quarterback Brion Carnes is waiting for his time to shine. Junior college transfer Joseph Carter is pushing for playing time at defensive end. True freshman Tyler Moore is battling for a starting job on the Huskers' offensive line.
Former walk-on Jacob Schmidt has risen to the top of the depth chart at running back for Northwestern.
Former blue-chip recruit Curtis Grant is experiencing some growing pains but wants to avoid a redshirt this year for Ohio State. Luke Fickell acknowledged a poorly-kept secret: Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller are his top two quarterbacks. Mike Vrabel appears to be making a successful transition to coaching.
Joe Paterno is still getting it done in recruiting despite not going to high schools in person. Stephfon Green is back on the Nittany Lions -- at least according to him. Recruit Malik Golden is being ticketed for cornerback.
Use this weekend to test your grills, buy your face paint and design your signs. From here on out, football will fill the rest of your 2011 weekends. Defense will hold the key to success for Illinois this season.