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Big Ten Sunday: Northern schools can't compete

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

It's time to catch up on your Sunday reading.

"Which raises the question: How much can the Fiesta Bowl affect their legacy? Would a win wipe away the bad memories? Would a loss further render the other accomplishments hollow? Or is the legacy already set, and the outcome of a non-title game irrelevant?"

"Of the first 11 BCS national champions, 10 have or will come from the Southern tier -- Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and southern California. And schools from Alabama and Georgia have been knocking on the door.
Meanwhile, once powerful programs in the North who commonly contended for and won national titles in the 1980s and 1990s -- Michigan, Notre Dame, Washington, Nebraska -- are either in total disarray or have reached the point where they are delighted to win a fleabag bowl game."

  • It took a while and some twists and turns, but Michigan finally got its man as standout prep defensive tackle William Campbell affirmed his commitment to the Wolverines, Sam Webb writes in The Detroit News.

  • Despite an extremely young staff and a very disappointing season, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema isn't planning any changes, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.

  • Kirk Ferentz's family and ties to Iowa City could play a large role in whether he jumps to the NFL, J.R. Ogden writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.