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Happy pre-Turkey Day. Safe travels if you're heading somewhere for the holiday.
Despite an inferior record, Iowa could jump Northwestern and possibly Michigan State in the bowl pecking order because of its large traveling fan base, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
"But no matter how the Civil War turns out, a Midwestern battle will then take place on the battlegrounds of Florida. Which will get the highest bowl available to it, Iowa or Michigan State? Iowa or Northwestern?
And why would those two questions even be asked when Michigan State and Northwestern went 9-3 and defeated the 8-4 Hawkeyes? You know why. Cold, hard Iowa cash. The Hawkeyes might not bring prestige to a bowl game and don't add eyeballs from around the nation to national telecasts. But they deliver fans to bowls."
After losing games on the field, Michigan offensive coordinator Calvin Magee and his fellow coaches need to win the game on the recruiting trail, Pete Bigelow writes in The Ann Arbor News. Wolverines head coach Rich Rodriguez wants less drama next year, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Ron Zook will do an autopsy on Illinois after a 5-7 season, and he'll find major problems in special teams and along the offensive line, Mark Tupper writes in the Decatur Herald & Review.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno is back home following hip-replacement surgery and should return to his duties on Monday.
Indiana also has plenty to fix after a 3-9 campaign, LaMond Pope writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
Outgoing Purdue coach Joe Tiller echoed the support for his successor Danny Hope after last Saturday's win, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier.