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Big Ten lunchtime links: Zook steamed after loss

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Several Big Ten teams might have a case of the Mondays, but you shouldn't. The most exciting month in college football is right around the corner.

Here are some links to get you through the day.

  • Illinois coach Ron Zook wasn't happy the day after a loss to Wisconsin, calling out his team and quarterback Juice Williams, Bob Asmussen writes in The News-Gazette.

"This is what Juice doesn't sometimes maybe understand, one minute everybody tells him how good of a player he is," Zook said. "Somebody brought up the thing about coming out at the end of three years. Let me tell you something, he better worry about next week. Then he better worry about the next week."

  • Some good Michigan State nuggets from Joe Rexrode's blog in the Lansing State Journal. Running back Javon Ringer and safety Otis Wiley both should be available Saturday against Wisconsin. Also check out this post on Michigan State's mostly civil postgame celebration at Michigan. Roland Martin = hilarious.

Tonight, civility and competitiveness returned to this rivalry at once. Not that there wasn't some woofing. Roland Martin said U-M's players were doing a lot of it during the game. He said linebacker John Thompson called him "Uncle Roland" a couple times.

"Uncle Roland gave you a spanking, son," Martin taunted back afterward.

  • Northwestern saw the risk-reward to using its quarterback on the move against Indiana, and Minnesota is toeing the same line with Adam Weber, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.

  • For the first time, Ohio State lost the gamble of playing Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. The toughest challenge will be picking up the freshman after a crushing loss, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

After the Purdue game, Pryor said the college game was just like high school, only faster, even as teammates reminded him that this wasn't high school. If Pryor jukes Penn State's Mark Rubin in the open field after that bounce and hits the end zone, he's a hero this week. In high school, undoubtedly that's how it would have gone down. At this level, the other guys are pretty good, too. So Pryor fumbled. And that was it.

  • After Michigan's latest loss, coach Rich Rodriguez might have come to the conclusion that he simply needs better players to turn things around, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.

  • Even though Penn State has stepped up this fall, the Big Ten doesn't deserve another team in the title game, Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart writes.