Last Big Ten coaches' teleconference of the year today. Be sure and follow me on Twitter throughout.
Michigan's lack of bluster on defense likely spells trouble at The Shoe, Rob Oller writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Athletic director Dave Brandon sees improvement on the field, but the football program "is still not where it needs to be," Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News. Coach Rich Rodriguez remains confident that things are coming together, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes.
Bret Bielema directly lobbied awards committees to consider Wisconsin's top players this season, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. Northwestern has been a thorn in Wisconsin's side, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Joe Paterno's health looks good enough so he can return in 2011, but whether it stays that way remains to be seen, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror. Whether or not the Lead Lion steps down, Penn State fans should treat Saturday like it's Paterno's final game, Frank Bodani writes in the York Daily Record.
Winning in Happy Valley has been next to impossible for Michigan State, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
Indiana AD Fred Glass has a big decision to make in the coming days, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
Minnesota wants to hire a coach before the December holidays, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. The Gophers could be a dangerous team on Saturday against Iowa, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Some interesting thoughts from former Minnesota coach Glen Mason on his future and the Gophers', Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart writes.
Ohio State quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano doesn't go easy on Terrelle Pryor, John Kampf writes in The Morning Journal.
Iowa has reached elite levels in football, but the Hawkeyes have a tough time staying there, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Illinois' Mikel Leshoure is piling up the awards after his historic performance at Wrigley Field.