Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
It's a beautiful day here in Wisconsin, and Camp Randall Stadium should be cranked up tonight, even without the Wisconsin marching band. Before settling in for an interesting three-pack of early games, here's a quick look around the Big Ten.
A great piece by the Chicago Sun-Times' Herb Gould on Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn and his older brother, who is turning his life around after serving time in prison.
Is Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis overrated? The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises and Bill Livingston debate the Buckeyes star.
Running backs Javon Ringer and Shonn Greene carry the load for Michigan State and Iowa this season, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
Ohio State's music mix at Thursday practices -- to prepare for Saturday crowd noise -- doesn't include any country tracks, much to the dismay of wideout Brian Hartline, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
Minnesota's DeLeon Eskridge was born to run, and his mother had a tough time keeping up with him at an early age, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno could be in the press box again today with a sore leg, The Altoona Mirror's Cory Giger reports from Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue enters a season-defining stretch and needs its defense to rise to the occasion, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier.
Michigan would like quarterback Steven Threet to find his inner juice, as in Juice Williams, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman is proud of his heritage (African-American and Korean), but it wasn't always that way, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.