Michigan Wolverines: Joe Schobert
Don't go camping near a lake today ...
- Canada native Akeel Lynch struggled with the death of his father at age 7, adjusted to the American lifestyle and is now a Penn State tailback brimming with potential. Who's the next PSU alum who should have his jersey retired? Mike Poorman weighs in and mentions the likes of W.T. Dunn and Wally Triplett.
- Teddy Greenstein looks into whether top jobs at Texas or USC could tempt Pat Fitzgerald into leaving Northwestern. Previewing the Western Michigan-Northwestern contest really comes down to the Wildcats' opponent just not being that good.
- Michigan wants to give Derrick Green more carries, but Fitz Toussaint is getting the job done. Here are four things to watch in the Akron-UM game Saturday.
- Cal is OSU's marquee nonconference game and, Bob Hunter writes, that means "it might be time to take down the marquee." Five Buckeyes could have their first breakout performances of their careers this weekend.
- DE Shilique Calhoun is a smiling, friendly person now -- but he wasn't always like that. The Michigan State sophomore was shaped by a middle-school bullying tragedy. The Spartans clearly have the overall advantage against Youngstown State, but the Penguins have the edge at a few positions.
- Last season's Nebraska-UCLA matchup was a disaster for the Cornhuskers, and Dick Chatelain reflects and tries to wrap his mind around the nature of missed tackles. Nebraska's freshman linebackers are ready for their first big test this season.
- Minnesota's passing offense hasn't exactly been dynamic these first two weeks, but don't expect a shift from the Gophers' run-first mentality. With the injury to Donnell Kirkwood, Rodrick Williams should see a lot more touches against Western Illinois.
- Wisconsin center Dan Voltz lost his starting job following an injury, but he's still waiting patiently for another chance. Sophomore linebacker Joe Schobert should play a key role against Arizona State's fast-paced offense.
- Here are four key matchups to the Purdue-Notre Dame game. The Boilermakers' defensive line is solid and could pose problems for Notre Dame.
- Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson and Iowa signal-caller Jake Rudock are both Florida natives and will meet in Iowa City on Saturday. The Hawkeyes' and Cyclones' coaches combine to make more than $10 million.
- Former linebacker Dick Butkus said he's gotten "kind of embarrassed" with the way his alma mater has played. A look at the most important players for Illinois this week.
- Indiana knows it has to solve its defensive problems if it wants to beat Bowling Green. Robby Howard thinks it's time to end the quarterback debate and that Nate Sudfeld should be the starter.
September, 12, 2013
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
Something about this weekend smells like a rose.
- After some early success, Illinois is looking to show off on a big stage. Former linebacker Matt Sinclair is proving invaluable to coach Tim Beckman in his new role with the program.
- Former Indiana captain Larry McDaniel will be returning for a homecoming of sorts as the current Bowling Green assistant prepares to visit a place "with a lot of fond memories" for him. Tevin Coleman was born to carry the football for Indiana, Dustin Dopirak writes (subscription required).
- Just about a month after thinking his season was over, Danny Anthrop is ready to make his season debut against Notre Dame. On the flip side, Purdue will be without tight end Gabe Holmes after the tight end suffered a "pretty serious" wrist injury in practice.
- Desmond King is transitioning quickly into the lineup at cornerback, and Iowa likes what it sees so far from the true freshman. Kirk Ferentz believes problems with penalties are coming from a lack of concentration.
- Michigan State has struggled to find consistency on offense, which is opening up chances for young players like receiver R.J Shelton. Joe Rexrode takes a look back at Michigan State legend Hank Bullough.
- Thanks to Brady Hoke, Michigan students can have some donuts for breakfast before kickoff against Akron. Hoke isn't ready to rank his program in the top 10 quite yet.
- De'Vondre Campbell has taken a long road to contribute for Minnesota. Leading returning rusher Donnell Kirkwood is likely to sit out Saturday's game against Western Illinois with his sprained ankle.
- Braxton Miller's status for Saturday's trip to Cal is still unclear, but he will travel with Ohio State. Buckeyes center Corey Linsley might finally be ready to play a complete game as he recovers from offseason surgery.
- From roommates to the starting lineup, Nebraska has a pair of safeties who are always there for each other. Vincent Valentine is playing a key role in the "clog" on the defensive line.
- Sharper instincts and knowledge of the game have turned Tony Jones into a different player for Northwestern. Take a look at the life of a long snapper for the Wildcats.
- The focus on attendance at Beaver Stadium isn't going away, and reasons for the slippage are continuing to be examined. The Nittany Lions are looking to find a higher gear on offense.
- Wisconsin is gearing up for a strong pass rush and ready to see how its offensive line can stack up against Arizona State. Walk-on linebacker Joe Schobert is set to make his first career start.