Big Ten: Marcus Witherspoon
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema wants to move a future road game to a neutral site, possibly Soldier Field in Chicago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus writes in the Badgers Blog. Bielema didn't specify the game, but the likely choice is next year's road contest at Northern Illinois.
Though DeKalb, Ill., is a short drive from Madison, Huskie Stadium only seats about 31,000 and Wisconsin would benefit more from a game at Soldier Field. Northern Illinois played Iowa in Chicago to open the 2007 season. I covered that game and on the field, it was one of the worst I've ever watched, but it still was a successful endeavor for both schools. Iowa fans showed up in force, and no doubt Wisconsin backers would as well.
A few other items before your drive home:
- Despite a 1-2 start, Michigan will keep its bowl streak alive, the Detroit Free Press' Jamie Samuelsen writes in his blog.
- Former Michigan linebacker Marcus Witherspoon has landed on his feet at Rutgers after failing to qualify academically to play for the Wolverines, fellow ESPN blogger Brian Bennett writes.
- Injuries are mounting on Minnesota's offensive line, which could lose left tackle Dom Alford, the Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller writes in his blog.
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises breaks down just how bad Ohio State's loss to USC turned out to be.
- After Ricky Stanzi was listed as Iowa's clear-cut starter last week, an "OR" has returned to the depth chart at the quarterback spot. The Quad City Times' Eric Page weighs in on the dead heat under center.
- A source in the know told me the weather will be great in East Lansing on Saturday, but it wasn't for the Florida Atlantic game, which Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said was a bit tough to evaluate, the Detroit Free Press' Shannon Shelton writes in her blog.
- More on the Big Ten blues and a Badger bright spot from Howie Beardsley of The Grand Rapids Press.