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Despite Penn State dropping five spots in the BCS standings, the Big Ten remains in good position to get two teams in BCS bowls, The New York Times' Mike Ogle writes in The Quad blog.
Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher says he's healthy enough to play Saturday at Michigan, Jim O'Donnell writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. If head coach Pat Fitzgerald keeps to his word, Bacher will return to the starting lineup.
Don't expect Ohio State to be the subject of the Big Ten Network's next reality TV series, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"We're too uptight around here," [cornerback Malcolm] Jenkins said with a smile. "We like to keep things in house."
It's unlikely Tim Brewster and Bret Bielema will be exchanging Christmas cards this year, though both head coaches are downplaying any bitterness between them, Marcus Fuller writes in the [St. Paul] Pioneer Press.
A late bye week comes at a good time for Michigan State, Andrew Mouranie writes in the Lansing State Journal.
Indiana fans are voicing their displeasure with head coach Bill Lynch; one fan held up a "Fire Bill Lynch" sign at last week's game against Wisconsin. But Hoosiers players are standing up for their leader, Jared Poertner writes in the Herald-Times.
Marcus Thigpen discussed how unfair Lynch is being treated, including how disrespectful he thought the "Fire Bill Lynch" bed sheet was in the student section last week.
Austin Starr could hardly contain himself when he caught a glance.
"That was just unbelievable," Starr said. "Honestly, I wanted to go across the field, go up in the stands, and just rip it away from them. I just think it's incredibly disrespectful. I don't know how [the students] got [the sign] in, but it just made me really upset, along with a lot of other guys on the team."