Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
It's pretty frosty here in East Lansing, but the links are always piping hot.
- Ohio State loses several standouts at linebacker, and both Ross Homan and Austin Spitler and ready to step in, Tim May and Ken Gordon write in The Columbus Dispatch. Also, some Buckeyes practice notes from The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises.
- Minnesota is setting aside a section of the playbook for multitalented backup quarterback MarQueis Gray, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Wisconsin isn't close to naming a starting quarterback, but the race has been narrowed to Dustin Sherer and Curt Phillips, Tom Oates writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
"Dustin has done a lot of good things, he's improved a lot," head coach Bret Bielema said. "I think if you look at where he is today from where he was a year ago at this time, he's significantly better. That got me excited, but on the same account, I saw a guy, Curt Phillips, go out there and do some things. I know he can do some things with his feet, but to see what he did today in the passing game made a big statement to me."
- The option will be part of Michigan State's offense next fall, but not a huge element, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart rates the nation's top 30 coaches, and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz leads the Big Ten contingent at No. 5. Michigan's Rich Rodriguez (No. 11) comes in ahead of Ohio State's Jim Tressel (No. 13).
- Indiana sent 70 players to visit sick children at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens writes in his blog.
- Former Iowa running back Shonn Greene continues to get dissed leading up to draft day, Sean Keeler writes in the Des Moines Register.