Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Big Tentacles: Taylor Martinez, Bill O'Brien, Urban Meyer, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.) 

The Downward Spiral?
Matt Hinton looks at whether or not Arkansas quarterback Taylor Martinez can turn around his  passing abilities, which diminished as the season went on in 2011. (CBS Sports)

The elephant in the room.
The news out of Penn State goes on. (The Centre Daily Times)

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Greg Pickel compares first-year Penn St. head football coach Bill O'Brien to USC HC Lane Kiffin, who also took over a team with a cloud of controversy hanging over it. (The Patriot-News)

Miller's Crossing.
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa free safety Tanner Miller. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Caught between the Scylla and Charybdis.
Keith Hohenne asks if first-year Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer's biggest challenge will be winning games on the field, or keeping players out of trouble off the field. (The Sports Bank)

In Two-Deep.
Ohio State releases its post-spring practice depth chart, which includes currently off scholarship for using-the-bathroom-where-they-shouldn't-have left tackle Jack Mewhort and tight end Jake Stoneburner, but not linebacker recently kicked off the team for alleged domestic violence Storm Klein. That might indicate the charges against Klein are pretty strong. (Land Grant Holy Land)

Steele Away. 
Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors interviews college football guru Phil Steele, who sees a possibility of  Ohio State going 12-0 in Urban Meyer's first year as Buckeye HC. If they can get by Michigan State and Wisconsin, that is. (Eleven Warriors)

Still going?
Kyle Meinke wonders if Michigan's offensive will be able to continue being successful in 2012. (

Let's Male a Dileo. 
Maize n Brew profiles Michigan slot receiver Drew Dileo. (Maize n Brew)

In case of emergrncy...
MGoBlog rates the ability of Michigan back-up to take over if the starters get injured. (MGoBlog)

Spartans vs. Broncos.
Graham Couch looks at Michigan State's season opener hosting Boise State. (mLive)