NCF Nation: Keith Byars
September, 2, 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I'll be taking a more in-depth look at the Week 2 games today. Saturday isn't so much a chance for that, and the mailbag is coming up, so send in those last-minute e-mails.
Love those links:
- The Big Ten lost the three games that mattered in Week 1, so the league's rep is still hurting, Howie Beardsley writes in The Grand Rapids Press. Since the SEC and Big Ten will never schedule a challenge series, The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises is holding a fake one.
- Illinois coach Ron Zook admits he might have restrained his defense too much against Missouri, Mark Tupper writes in The Decatur Herald & Review. The Illini's reality show, "The Journey," premieres tonight on the Big Ten Network.
- Despite an easy opening win, Indiana still has questions at running back and with a defense susceptible to big plays, Jared Poertner writes in The Hoosier Scoop blog.
- Iowa fans should be giddy about getting Andy Brodell back, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Despite an impressive running game against Maine, quarterback Jake Christensen must prove more.
- Rich Rodriguez wants to see more physical play from Michigan, particularly the offensive line, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News. Rodriguez wouldn't name a starting quarterback, but several signs point to Steven Threet getting the nod, Angelique Chengelis writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Gap control will be a focus for Michigan State's defense after the Cal loss, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Heralded Minnesota freshman quarterback MarQueis Gray must re-take the ACT to get back in school, Myron Medcalf writes in the Star Tribune.
- Last year's embarrassing home loss to Duke kept Northwestern out of a bowl game, but the Wildcats are playing down the revenge factor before a rematch, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Ohio State fans hope they don't see a repeat of 1985, when Heisman Trophy candidate Keith Byars broke a bone in his foot just before the season, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. The Buckeyes aim for win No. 800 on Saturday, Matt Markey writes in The Toledo Blade.
- Penn State prepares for its first real test Saturday against Oregon State, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- With some questions on offense, Purdue's season hinges on senior quarterback Curtis Painter, Craig Pearson writes in The Terre Haute News-Star.
- Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema knows first-hand just how dangerous Marshall can be, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers could have star tight end Travis Beckum ready for Saturday's matchup, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times.