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Handpicked Highlights: Iowa Loses Bernstine For 2009 Season

Tim Cary

Iowa DB Jordan Bernstine out for year with broken ankle.  The Des Moines Register has the details on a big setback for the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes' defense. 

Remember the Alamo?
  ESPN's Adam Rittenberg speculates that the Houston-based Texas Bowl could replace the Alamo as a Big Ten partner when the San Antonio game's contract expires this winter.  Seems like a step down to me--of course, that may be because last year's Texas Bowl was a barn-burner between national powers like Western Michigan and Rice.  Ouch.  At least the Texas Bowl is moving to ESPN this season, since it was carried the last three years by NFL Network (begging the question: If a college football game airs on NFL Network and nobody sees it, did it still happen?).
Speaking of bowls...  SI's Stewart Mandel writes that the Big Ten could snag another coveted New Year's Day bowl game in a possible agreement with the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

Another star wearing No. 19 for Northwestern?
  The Chicago Tribune profiles the freshman wearing Tyrell Sutton's old Wildcats jersey and examines how Northwestern will replace Sutton's offensive production at running back. 

College GameDay coming to Columbus for USC showdown. 
ESPN announced this week that the popular pre-game show featuring Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit will be broadcasting from Ohio Stadium for the OSU/USC game on September 12.  This comes as no surprise to any college football fan over the age of three.  And in other statements of the obvious, the sky remains blue, grass is still green, and water will now be referred to as "wet". 
Notre Dame v FSU
Speaking of television...
The Big Ten Network's preseason tour of football practices rolls on, airing tonight from State College, PA.  Host Dave Revsine hinted on Twitter at several players that impressed him up close today, so for Lions fans who want to see how their team's looking (and for all the rest of us who want to do some scouting), check out the broadcast at 10 pm ET tonight.  

Michigan gets good news on Turner. 
The Detroit Free Press updates the eligibility situation in Ann Arbor, staing that Justin Turner has academically qualified and is ready to start practice.

Boilermakers are "no-names" no longer. 
Coach Danny Hope said during Purdue's media day Wednesday that Purdue will now have players' last names on the back of their jerseys.  The Lafayette Journal and Courier has the story and photos

More watch lists released.
  Scott Chipman, the Big Ten Assistant Commissioner of Communications, does a great job keeping fans up to date on which league players are mentioned for which national awards on his Twitter feed.  The latest award watch lists released include the Groza, which highlights four Big Ten kickers (Swenson, Pettrey, Wiggs, Welch) and the Bednarik, which includes eight defenders from the conference.  Three of the eight are Nittany Lions (Bowman, Lee, Odrick), while the others are Angerer, Graham, Kirlew, Jones, and Wootton.
Ohio State University v Penn State University

So are you are a REAL Big Ten fan?  Quick-without any research, name the school and first name for each player listed in this paragraph.  Comment on the blog entry to let us know how many you got right!



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