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Aaron Maybin wasn't a starter heading into the season. Now the Penn State star defensive end is contemplating a jump to the NFL, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News.
There's increasing doubt about Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, but his boss continues to be in his corner, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
"Let me tell you this, I didn't flinch like the public flinched," Barry Alvarez said. "I know what this business entails. I know he does things the right way, conducts practices the right way, stays on top of his kids, makes his kids go to class. I know all the things that can happen. I didn't flinch like many people did."
Wisconsin's loss turned out to be a huge gain for Northwestern as defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz came aboard, Jim O'Donnell writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Shonn Greene generated most of the hype for Iowa this fall, but defensive tackle Mitch King might be the team's MVP, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
Two Wisconsin starters (linebacker DeAndre Levy and wide receiver David Gilreath) missed practice Thursday, though Bret Bielema doesn't sound too concerned, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Georgia's wide receiver corps poses a major threat, but Michigan State's secondary will finally be at full strength for the Capital One Bowl, Andrew Mouranie writes in the Lansing State Journal.
Minnesota star wideout Eric Decker has taken a pounding this season but continues to push forward, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.