T-minus eight days ...
Michigan safety Thomas Gordon is looking to become more of a playmaker. Brady Hoke says Fitz Toussaint has to "demonstrate he'll do the right things" to have a chance to play against Alabama. Elliott Mealer, a longtime backup, likely will start at left guard for the Wolverines.
Derek Day has likely emerged as the No. 2 tailback behind Bill Belton for Penn State. Allen Robinson looks ready to make an impact in a depleted receiving corps. Changing the uniforms is another break from the past for the Nittany Lions.
Purdue sophomore defensive end Ryan Russell is aiming for greatness.
Expectations have been raised for Indiana's defensive tackles.
Minnesota defensive lineman Harold Legania endured Hurricane Katrina and the loss of his father but still has a bright outlook.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase talks about mastering the new offense.
Breaking down Northwestern's 2012 outlook.
Athlon names its top impact freshmen in the Big Ten for this season.