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Tim Cary

Paterno ready to tackle the 100-meter dash. Not only was longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno back on the sideline after spending much of last season in the press box, but he managed to run onto the field with the team before Saturday's win over Akron.  Great to see Paterno healthier and mobile, although he admitted he's not ready to challenge Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt anytime soon.
Ohio State v Penn State

Not everyone in Happy Valley is healthy.  Nittany Lions fans should be concerned about linebacker Navorro Bowman, who left the game Saturday in the first quarter with an injury.  Blogger Eric Thomas wonders out loud if the Lions would be better off to sit Bowman a week or two and let him rest for the Big Ten season.

Latest rankings unveiled.  With Iowa's near-escape over UNI this weekend, the Hawkeyes found themselves on the outside looking in when the new polls were released today.  The only Big Ten teams in the Top 25 are Penn State (No. 5 in coaches, No. 7 in AP) and Ohio State (No. 7 in coaches, No. 8 AP).

How many quarterbacks can one state have?  Michigan State got solid performances from both Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol in Saturday's lopsided defeat of Montana State, and Coach Mark Dantonio wouldn't tell reporters today who will start in Week Two.  No truth to the rumors of clandestine meetings between Dantonio and Browns coach Eric Mangini regarding "multi-quarterback strategery".

Across the state in Ann Arbor, Michigan appears to have plenty of options under center as well.  Tate Forcier will get the start again this weekend against Notre Dame...and the way-too-obvious prediction here is that if he keeps throwing three touchdowns each week, he'll probably continue to start.  Michigan Sports Center has the details on that and other pertinent Maize and Blue news.

Wisconsin battling the flu.  Bucky's Fifth Quarter wrote this afternoon that a number of Badger football players are reported to have flu-like symptoms.  No cases of H1N1 have been confirmed on the team, but sick players are being kept away from teammates "until their symptoms have subsided", according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.  

Now we know why OSU didn't bring Pryor to media days...  Bleacher Report examines Terrelle Pryor's support for Michael Vick...and his mistaken belief that all humans are guilty of murder from time to time...
Navy v Ohio State

And last, but not least...

The Indiana Daily Student has notes from Bill Lynch's presser...

Per ESPN, Illinois has suspended Mikel LeShoure and Ashante Williams...

A slightly obsessed Iowa fan on Bleacher Report describes the effect Saturday's game had on his cardiac patterns...

Ryan Lindley believes we learned a good deal about Northwestern on Saturday...

and talks to one of Saturday's heroes, Minnesota's Eric Ellestad, who knocked through the game-winning field goal to stun Syracuse in overtime. 



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