Friday, September 28, 2012

Montee Ball cleared, Mark Weisman, Brady Hoke, and more.

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

Ball cleared for takeoff. 
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has been medically cleared to play in Saturday's game against Nebraska. (ESPN)

Walk-on the Wild Side.
Mark Morehouse profiles Iowa fullback-turned running back Mark Weisman, who has been one of the biggest surprises and few bright spots of the Hawkeye's 2012 season. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

As Good As It Gets? 
Graham Filler asks whether Saturdays cross-division game between Ohio State and Michigan State will be the best Big Ten game of 2012. And it's only September. (Off Tackle Empire)

Things will be different this time.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller explains how things will be different in Saturday's game against Michigan State than they were in the Spartans' 10-7 win over the Buckeyes last season. (The Columbus Dispatch)

When Irish eyes are forcing turnovers. 
Notre Dame's 4-0 start this season can be attributed to improvement in forcing turnovers. (ESPN)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke talks about the positives about his defensive line coming out of the Wolverines' 13-6 loss to Notre Dame. (The Detroit Free Press)

Attack of the Two-Headed Wildcat.
Kenn Ruby asks whether Northwestern can continue its winning ways with the QB tandem of Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian. (

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Ben Glicksman lists Minnesota and Northwestern as being "intriguing underdogs" with a shot at a BCS bowl. Northwestern may have an outside chance, but try to tell me the Gophers could make the Rose Bowl with a straight face. (