Big Ten lunch links: NU's Sutton expects to play
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Safe travels to all of you heading somewhere for the holidays. After looking at the mess outside my window in Chicago today, I ain't going nowhere.
- Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton anticipates a return to the field in the Valero Alamo Bowl against Missouri, Bryan Chu writes in the San Antonio Express-News.
- Ohio State's defensive line turned things around midway through the season, and tackle Nader Abdallah was a big reason why, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Joe Paterno still gets the job done, so the Penn State head coach should be allowed to keep doing it, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
"Almost hard to remember now, but think back to early November 2004 and the losses to Iowa (by the absurd score of 6-4) and at Northwestern (14-7). They brought fresh meaning to the term pathos. It could not have been clearer that Paterno was playing out a ragged, loose end to his career. He was Ali against Trevor Berbick. Johnny U. in Chargers baby blue. The 1950s peacetime Churchill fumbling through speeches. Well, here we are headed to Pasadena. I'm through counting this guy out."
- It wasn't a smooth season for Wisconsin's defense or first-year coordinator Dave Doeren, but there are some reasons to be optimistic looking ahead, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Expect Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster to receive a contract extension sometime after the Insight Bowl, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Of the two Michigan State players expected to be charged with misdemeanor assault, running back Glenn Winston is still on the roster while wideout Mitchell White is not, the Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode writes in his blog.