staff, November 11, 2011

As another Big Ten football Saturday approaches, senior writer Tom Dienhart posts his usual weekly football previews, his weekend selections and his list of notable things to keep an eye on, but it comes against the backdrop of more updates on the Penn State story. Earlier Friday Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Garban pledged to support interim President Rod Erickson as the board works "for the future of this institution that we respect and love." We've put a video clip from this morning's meeting in this post. Meanwhile, former Nittany Lions player Rich Mauti expects at least 75 former players to attend Saturday's game in a show of support for the school after the late announcement Thursday night that assistant coach Mike McQueary won't be there and has been placed on administrative leave.

The weekly Big Ten Football Report airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET and will have more updates as will our Saturday morning Big Ten Football Pregame Show. At noon ET on the BTN: Rice (3-6) at Northwestern (4-5) and Ohio State (6-3) at Purdue (4-5). At 3:30 on the BTN: Wisconsin (7-2) at Minnesota (2-7). Other noon games: Michigan State (7-2) at Iowa (6-3) and Nebraska (7-2) at Penn State (8-1) . Michigan (7-2) plays at Illinois (6-3) at 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN). Full scoreboard with TV and times here.