Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy Friday to all. Time to brush up on your Big Ten reading.
Penn State has turned the page on a troublesome offseason, but the dismissals of defensive tackles Chris Baker and Phil Taylor could still catch up to the Lions, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News.
Ohio State's ability to adjust has paid off in recent weeks, but the Buckeyes are still searching for a definitive identity, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
The Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine's weekly inside-the-numbers blog looks at the media's misperception of Northwestern and Curtis Painter's struggles against ranked opponents.
Is that Greg Oden playing tight end for Michigan? Promising Wolverines freshman Kevin Koger looks the part, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Limiting turnovers is priority No. 1 for Iowa after three consecutive close losses, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Attendance is usually a concern at Northwestern, which hopes for a strong turnout against Michigan State (ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET). Enterprising athletic director Jim Phillips could drop ticket prices in the future to fill up Ryan Field, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.