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Ohio State AD Gene Smith says the Big Ten is "finished" with expansion and only would consider it if contacted from the outside, Zack Meisel writes in The Lantern.
A good breakdown of the Big Ten season to date and what's to come in conference play from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. Doug Lesmerises runs through 11 topics entering Big Ten play. Big Ten coaches weigh in on the future of the league schedule, Steve Batterson writes in the Quad-City Times. John Feinstein loves the Big Ten.
Michigan State gets a lift as head coach Mark Dantonio returns to the office, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Third-down efficiency and penalties have been two weaknesses for the Spartans so far this year, Dave Heller writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Wisconsin receiver Nick Toon practices with no restrictions, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. Coach Bret Bielema can't dodge questions about how many carries John Clay receives, Mulhern writes.
Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi has shown greater patience this season, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Very, very sad news: Hawkeyes wideout Derrell Johnson-Koulianos won't meet with the media until January.
Troy Stoudermire is back with Minnesota, but he's now a defensive back, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. Minnesota players try to stay positive in a negative environment, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
Joe Paterno is showing patience with Penn State's red zone woes, Jeff Rice writes in the Centre Daily Times. Iowa star Adrian Clayborn is certainly on Penn State's radar this week, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
Michigan might adjust its practices to preserve quarterback Denard Robinson, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Indiana expects another big crowd for Saturday's game against Michigan, Terry Hutchens writes in The Indianapolis Star. Optimism is spreading around Indiana, but the Hoosiers need to pile up wins before November, Andy Graham writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
Northwestern hopes a depth-chart shuffle springs the run game against Minnesota, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
Ohio State has the intangibles to be special in 2010, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
Illinois coach Ron Zook is keeping and eye on medical results and police reports this week, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.