Big Ten Morning Briefing: OSU holding back on offense
September, 11, 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
In case you missed it, Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells took another step toward playing Saturday. We're rolling right along as game day approaches.
- Big Ten coaches realize what's at stake this weekend, The New York Times' Mike Ogle writes in The Quad blog.
- After being right in the mix at this point last season, Illinois backup quarterback Eddie McGee is waiting his turn behind the surging Juice Williams, Terry Bannon writes in the Chicago Tribune. Illini freshman wideout Jack Ramsey has been cleared academically to play, but he's still filling an invaluable role this week in practice, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
- The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens blogs about Indiana's sagging attendance at home games. Maybe a quality opponent or two would help the Hoosiers.
- A wide receiver corps besieged by injuries and inconsistency has become a strength for Iowa, Eric Page writes in the Quad City Times. Ricky Stanzi's newfound popularity hasn't affected the Iowa quarterback, the Iowa City Press-Citizen's Andy Hamilton writes in his blog.
- Both teams are struggling on offense, but Michigan and Notre Dame historically shine late in games, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. This is nothing like what's happening on the Gulf Coast, but weather could play a factor at Notre Dame Stadium, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- The pass rush has become a priority for Michigan State, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. Spartans center Joel Nitchman is a political junkie, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Trey Davis got off to a rocky start as Minnesota's center but will have plenty more chances Saturday, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune. Gophers coach Tim Brewster remembers Montana State's last major upset, Scott Mansch writes in the Great Falls Tribune.
- Are the Buckeyes holding back on offense? Coordinator Jim Bollman won't tell, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Wideout Brian Hartline thinks so, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Wells likely won't be 100 percent Saturday, and cornerback Donald Washington might not reclaim his starting job.
- A report says Penn State defensive linemen Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma will remain suspended Saturday, but Koroma doesn't know his status, The Daily Collegian reports. The Penn State-Syracuse rivalry has lost its luster, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Purdue's David Pender has faced Oregon quarterback Justin Roper before and recognizes the challenge the Boilers will face Saturday, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier. Coach Joe Tiller isn't concerned about Purdue's all-time wins record, Stacy Clardie writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- P.J. Hill's early fumbles don't worry his Wisconsin coaches, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers get a big boost Saturday when linebacker Jonathan Casillas returns, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.