Two days away ...
SI.com's Stewart Mandel projects Nebraska and Wisconsin to BCS bowls.
Nebraska's poor finish to 2010 serves as motivation, Rich Kaipust writes in the Omaha World-Herald. Huskers QB Taylor Martinez must back up his praise, Steven M. Sipple writes. In case you missed it, a ton of good stuff in the World-Herald's college football preview.
The Big Ten title game has a downside for national championship hopefuls, Kyle Neddenriep writes in the Indianapolis Star.
Bob Flounders explores some key Penn State topics, including when a starting QB will be selected. The investigation into former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky reportedly nears an end.
Michigan State might have a better team with fewer wins this fall, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
Coaches from around the Big Ten weigh in (anonymously) about their league brethren.
Not sure how much Minnesota fans will like this, but Gophers coach Jerry Kill looks to Wisconsin as a model program, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. Kill took the road less traveled to big-time college football, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
I doubt many Illinois fans will agree with Loren Tate, who misses the Illini-Missouri opener.
Ohio State freshman CB Bradley Roby is rewarded for a strong camp, Doug Lesmerises writes in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell gets creative in challenging his players, Bill Rabinowitz writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
First-year Indiana coach Kevin Wilson doesn't pull punches, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required). Wilson thinks IU has all the pieces in place to compete, Al Hamnik writes in The Times of Northwest Indiana.
There's still no definitive word about whether Northwestern QB Dan Persa starts the opener, ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers writes.
Don't expect Iowa WR Marvin McNutt to be flagged for celebrating touchdowns before they happen, Randy Peterson writes in the Des Moines Register.
Wisconsin's Ricky Wagner is ready to fill some big shoes at left tackle, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.