Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy New Year to all. It's a huge day for the Big Ten, and here are some of the key story lines.
After several second-quarter collapses, Ohio State needs to sustain its momentum in another big game, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
"I think it's been a mental-toughness issue," senior linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "You look at those games and it seemed something happened, like a penalty when we've got them stopped, or a touchdown gets called back, and guys' heads just went down, 'Dang, that's it.'"
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz cautions everyone not to read too much into the rumors that he and good friend Scott Pioli could be heading to the Cleveland Browns, Joey Knight writes in the Tampa Tribune.
Minnesota's offense took a page from its past in the Insight Bowl. Unfortunately for the Gophers, so did their defense, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
USC's motivation continues to dominate the pre-Rose Bowl talk, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
Staff changes and reestablishing East Coast recruiting must top Bret Bielema's New Year's wish list at Wisconsin, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times.
Penn State defensive ends Aaron Maybin and Maurice Evans have traded places, Jeff McLane writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.