Happy birthday to my little sister, who has no interest in college football and attends a school with a mollusk for a mascot.
Let's begin with the coaching change at Minnesota: Columns from Patrick Reusse, Sid Hartman, Bob Sansevere and Charley Walters. Tim Brewster had nothing to say following his firing, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press. Minnesota AD Joel Maturi will handle the next coaching hire, Myron Medcalf writes in the Star Tribune.
Big Ten commish Jim Delany says the Iowa-Wisconsin situation was the "most discussed" topic at the divisional alignment meetings, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
A look back at Wisconsin's program-boosting win against Ohio State from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus. The Badgers delivered a complete performance, Tom Oates writes in the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
The stage is set for Iowa at Kinnick Stadium the next two weeks, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Making the case for Iowa running back Adam Robinson as Big Ten MVP, Sean Keeler writes in The Des Moines Register.
Michigan State is developing a winning culture, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News. The status of Spartans cornerback Chris L. Rucker remains unresolved, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. My buddy Joe Rexrode rates the Spartans after the Illinois game.
Former Penn State player Adam Taliaferro reaches out to Rutgers' Eric LeGrand, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger.
Illinois didn't lose confidence despite the loss in East Lansing, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. Illini coach Ron Zook feels Brewster's pain, Mark Tupper writes in The (Decatur) Herald & Review.
Some might disagree, but Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor says the Wisconsin loss doesn't define the Buckeyes, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Ohio State's loss once again shook up the national title race, colleague Pat Forde writes.
Big Ten play is bringing out the best from Purdue, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
Former Northwestern coach Ara Parseghian returns to Evanston this week, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Indiana will take wins any way it can get them, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).