Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Big Tentacles: Kirk Cousins, Keith Nichol, Dan Persa, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.) 

What a long, strange trip it's been.
Matt Charboneau looks at the divergent paths of Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol, who competed for the starting QB at Michigan State in 2009. Nichol later switched to wide receiver, and was responsible for catching Cousins' Hail-Mary pass that led to the Spartans' last-second victory over Wisconsin.
(The Detroit News)

Share and share alike. 
Cousins shares the Big Ten's offensive player of the week award with Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt. (The Detroit Free Press)

Rewriting the record books. 
Meanwhile,  McNutt is set to break several Iowa records this season. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

I have given a name to my pain. 
Phil Mitten tries to define the level of Wisconsin's loss to Michigan State, which he places at The Stomach Punch level on Bill Simmons's infamous Levels of Losing. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Your mind powers will not work on me, Sparty.
Nebraska is working on focusing on it's own performance, and not worrying about Michigan State's growing reputation of not being able not to play nice with others. (The Omaha World-Herald)

That which does not kill Dan Persa makes him questionable for gametime. 
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa  is listed as questionable for the Wildcats' upcoming game against Indiana after receiving a toe injury in his left foot in the Wildcats' loss to Penn State. That is the same foot where he suffered his season-ending Achilles tendon injury last year. (The Chicago Tribune)

This is the song that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends...
Despite Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin's success in last Saturday's game against Northwestern, Nittany Lion head coach still isn't ready to name him the  full-time starting QB over Rob Bolden. (The Patriot-News)

Don't count your Buckeye coaches before they hatch.
Bob Hunter tries to pour some cold water on the speculation about Ohio State's next head football coach (especially that speculation involving Urban Meyer) while the NCAA is still investigating Tresselgate. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Notre Dame gave up on USC.
Because USC QB Matt Barkley said so. Shut up, Matt. (Dr. Saturday)

RichRod on the shelf. 
Three and Out by John Bacon, which looks at the Rich Rodriguez coaching era at Michigan, comes out Tuesday. (CBS Sports)

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