Big Ten lunchtime links: Clark needs to settle down
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The final week of the Big Ten regular season is upon us. Here are a few weekend leftovers and some items looking at the upcoming games.
- Daryll Clark's mind-set is a cause for concern as Penn State enters its most critical game of the season, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News. Nittany Lions center A.Q. Shipley is serving as Clark's defacto psychologist, but the Penn State quarterback needs to relax and forget his mistakes, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
"He's rushing every movement, all jerks and abrupt stops. Nothing is smooth or relaxed. Worse, he's begun throwing either off his back foot or with no stride at all, feet flat as if entombed in set cement.
Groping through a tunnel of doubt like this is a learning process. Unfortunately for Clark, this is his rookie year as a starter and a lot of the mental/emotional part of fighting through a slump is still new."
- Purdue senior quarterback Curtis Painter likely will start his final collegiate game Saturday against Indiana, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier.
- There's hope for Michigan on Saturday at The Shoe. Bad teams have won in this rivalry before, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Illinois coach Ron Zook still questions the personal foul penalty on safety Donsay Hardeman against Ohio State, and why the Buckeyes weren't called for holding on an interception by Kurt Coleman, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Star wide receiver Eric Decker should be back, and Minnesota has plenty on the line this week against Iowa, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
"You know what? We have three potential deals," [head coach Tim] Brewster said of the Gophers' bowl picture. "The Insight [in Tempe, Ariz.], the Motor City [Detroit] and possibly the Alamo [San Antonio]. If you win, you improve your bowl status."
- Bowl placement is on Iowa's mind after a strong second half to the season, Randy Peterson writes in the Des Moines Register.