Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Don't miss the awards show tonight (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). I'm guessing the Big Ten takes home some hardware.
Time to read up.
College football's love affair with quarterbacks and the spread offense has made it nearly impossible for elite running backs like Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells -- or Iowa's Shonn Green, for that matter -- to take home the Heisman Trophy, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Big backs have struggled to get in the Heisman mix since Ron Dayne.
"The Heisman campaign of Ohio State running back Beanie Wells didn't end when he hurt his right foot in the second half of the season opener against Youngstown State. It ended when quarterbacks at Oklahoma, Texas and Florida lined up under center and put defenses under attack. When it comes to the Heisman these days, you've got to throw for show. That's why anointing Wells as the preseason favorite, which was a popular opinion that I shared, was faulty logic from the start. "Genial quarterback with mind-blowing numbers for successful team" was the real favorite all along."
Delaware might be Pat Devlin's next stop after deciding to transfer from Penn State, Don McKee writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Seemed to work out well for that Flacco guy.
Finding a replacement for offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is only one of several key decisions facing Illinois head coach Ron Zook this offseason, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. Illinois will host Northern Illinois in September 2010, Terry Bannon writes in the Chicago Tribune.
Hard-hitting Wisconsin safety Jay Valai has become a YouTube sensation, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
SEC teams are making a push for offensive lineman William Campbell, a Detroit native who still has Michigan in the mix, Sam Webb writes in The Detroit News.