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Handpicked Highlights: Yes, There Is Sports News Outside Brett Favre

Tim Cary

We briefly pause the 24-7 news cycle of Brett Favre's whirlwind 19th unretirement to remind our readers that, yes, while it may be hard to believe, there's still sports news happening in other places.

Like the Big Ten, for instance.

Purdue offensive line depth disappearing quickly?  The Big Ten Network will be broadcasting Purdue's football practice today, and BTN's Dave Revsine provided a brief update on Purdue's offensive line situation on his Twitter feed.  According to Revsine, offensive lineman Eric Hedstrom is out indefinitely (he missed the final four 2008 games and all of spring ball due to injury), which will greatly concern Boilermaker fans who expected the veteran O-line to be one of their team's strengths.
CFB: Purdue vs Northwestern OCT 18
Revsine also addressed the fact that projected starter Dennis Kelly is recovering from mono, which will further hurt the team's prospects up front if Kelly's not 100% for Week One.

Keith Nichol moving closer to MSU starting quarterback role?  Nichol out-performed fellow quarterback Kirk Cousins in an intrasquad scrimmage this week, throwing for three touchdowns and 241 yards while Cousins posted a completion rate of less than 50%.  It will be interesting to see if Mark Dantonio names a starter soon to give him plenty of reps with the first-team offense...or perhaps if the quarterback derby goes all the way into the regular season.

Phillips making a move for Badgers' job?  In an article posted yesterday on, it appears that Curt Phillips has taken over the top spot in Wisconsin's quarterback rotation.  Of course, with the season opener still weeks away, how long that lasts remains to be seen.

Bad economy hurting TCF Bank Stadium prospects?  From Twitter user @storminspank comes a story about how the decision to prohibit alcohol at Minnesota's new stadium and the poor economic climate are creating a perfect storm to slow down ticket and suite sales.  

More watch list news... 
The Big Ten continues to be well represented on the various national watch lists, including the Nagurski and the Lombardi, which were just released.  Scott Chipman provides all the names and details.  If you need to catch up on all the award lists to date, the Big Ten Network website has a list here.

Fans of 11 conference schools rooting against USC? 
Bleacher Report features two articles today that profile how important the Ohio State/USC game is to the conference's national reputation.  According to Kevin Trahan, a Buckeye win on September 12th can "save the Big Ten", while Rick McMahan refers to the Trojans as the Midwestern league's "great unifier". 
Ohio State v USC
What say you?  Do you always cheer for Big Ten schools in non-conference game?  Wolverine fan, do you refuse to cheer for OSU no matter what?  Or for some of you, will September 12 be the first day you've ever supported the Buckeyes?  As always, we want to hear from you - sign up for a free account, comment below, and share your thoughts on what some are calling the most important game in Big Ten history.   



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Craig Kanalley said:


Wow, I can't believe there's other news going on. Thanks. I can't easily find this type of stuff from ESPN today.

Tim Cary said:


I understand. Favre is obviously a big story, but Big Ten football is only a couple weeks away...we can't ignore it for a whole day! Minneapolis does have another football team, for example...and Coach Brewster thinks they'll be pretty good in 2009...

swinner said:


I almost always root for big ten teams in non-conference games although I must admit that I root for a meteor when Michigan plays Notre Dame.

Tim Cary said:


Growing up, I tended to root against other Big Ten teams a lot, mostly because I was a Purdue fan living in Michigan, so friends gave me a hard time when U-M or MSU outperformed the Boilers (basically every year back then!) Now, however, I tend to cheer for the league teams in non-conference. No comment on your Michigan-Notre Dame hopes!

Thanks for reading.

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