Northwestern: Will Kyle Prater give NU's passing game a new dimension?
Ohio State: What's there to play for?
The Buckeyes will not be in Indianapolis on Dec. 1 for the Big Ten title game. They're banned from postseason play thanks to Terrelle Pryor's tattoos and Tressel's fibs. So the season-ender at Michigan becomes Ohio State's bowl game. And a 10-victory season following a 6-7 puke-fest becomes a legitimate goal.
Penn State: Who will stay, and who will go?
Every team will bring three players to Media Days. Except Penn State. With opposing coaches descending on State College to court potential transfers — ESPN.com reported that six Illinois coaches went shopping Wednesday — the Nittany Lions would have been wise to bring their entire roster to Chicago. Instead the school apparently could not find three articulate veterans to speak positively about their teammates, their school and new coachBill O'Brien. Sad to say, but Penn State can't do anything right.
Purdue: Will the Boilermakers be le surprise of the Big Ten?
Only if new defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar, who engineered the CFL's top-rated run defense last season for the Montreal Alouettes, gives his Boilermaker corps a raison d'etre. Defensive tackle Kawann Short, who passed on probable third-round NFL money, will help.
Wisconsin: What will Bret Bielema say?
The newly married Bielema has become the toast of Media Days, last year recommending that the NCAA "hammer" cheating coaches. Then he called out new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in February for supposedly "illegal" recruiting tactics and told The Sporting News: "We at the Big Ten don't want to be like the SEC — in any way, shape or form." Southern-fried fans jumped on that quote, but hopefully the response won't leave Bielema gun-shy.