Any dinner recommendations for Columbus tonight?
Both Michigan and Notre Dame have a chance to take a big step Saturday, colleague Mark Schlabach writes. A great slate of games overshadows Michigan-Notre Dame a bit, Bob Wojnowski writes in The Detroit News.
Colleague Ivan Maisel has a great look at the history surrounding Penn State-Alabama. The man who succeeded Bear Bryant at Alabama says no one can replace Joe Paterno when he decides to step aside, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror. If anything, the trip to Tuscaloosa will be a learning experience for Penn State, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News.
Wisconsin regains the services of one linebacker but will be without another against San Jose State, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Josh Oglesby has retained his starting spot as the Badgers' right tackle, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Like his quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel wants you to welcome LeBron James to the Shoe. There are some sour feelings on both sides of the Ohio State-Miami matchup, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
After considering leaving Illinois, receiver A.J. Jenkins is happy he stayed put in Champaign, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. Illinois should play in-state programs more often, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
Speaking of leaving, former Michigan safety Vlad Emilien seeks a fresh start elsewhere, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
Purdue coach Danny Hope knows what Western Illinois will be going through Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
It won't be a sellout at Ford Field -- far from it -- but ticket sales for Michigan State-Florida Atlantic are improving, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. The "road" game in Detroit marks a homecoming for several Spartans players, Denny Schwarze writes in the Lansing State Journal.
The Des Moines Register's Sean Keeler examines how the Iowa-Iowa State rivalry rekindled in 1971. After leaving Iowa last fall, linebacker Lance Tillison is fully committed to the program, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
Northwestern cornerback Justan Vaughn has fought through a series of injuries to claim a starting job, Chris Hine writes in the Chicago Tribune.