Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, July 26, 2013

With media days complete, there is a long list of stories to check out. Here is a nice run down to get you caught up on each team from the goings-on in Chicago the last two days. By the way: The season begins Aug. 29, with Indiana State playing at Indiana.


Decatur Herald-Review: Nathan Scheelhaase is ready for one more run.

Champaign News-Gazette: Receivers are following Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt?s lead.

Chicago Tribune: Tim Beckman is bullish on improvement.


Indianapolis Star: Kevin Wilson expects improvement from an ?embarrassing? defense.

Indianapolis Star: Kevin Wilson looking for dynamic quarterback to emerge from a three-man race.

IOWA Why the Hawkeyes are especially hungry for this season opener. Kirk Ferentz?s loyalty has paid dividends.

Cedar Rapids Gazette: All three quarterbacks are on equal ground.


Detroit News: Taylor Lewan is all business as he chases a title. Back-to-back Michigan-Ohio State games would be something special.

Detroit Free Press: The offensive line is still a concern.

MICHIGAN STATE Mark Dantonio says he wouldn?t be where he is now without Nick Saban.

Detroit News: Spartans prep to make amends from a 7-6 record.

Detroit Free Press: Leaving Chicago with some hints on the Spartans.


Minneapolis Star Tribune: Donnell Kirkwood is tough on himself.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Jerry Kill is pushing for better facilities.

NEBRASKA Taylor Martinez hoping to save best for last. Bo Pelini?s vision and Tim Beck?s creativity fuel Nebraska?s high-octane offense.

Lincoln Journal Star: Battle of NU?s is intriguing.


Chicago Sun-Times: Pat Fitzgerald on using a cost-of-living stipend to woo recruits: ?You have no idea.?

Chicago Tribune: Video with Kain Colter on sharing quarterback role.


Columbus Dispatch: Leadership class has Urban Meyer taking notes.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Five takeaways from media days. Braxton Miller leads the championship chase.

PENN STATE Bill O?Brien knows what he?s looking for in a quarterback. A.D. Dave Joyner hits on NCAA sanctions and the new targeting rule, among other things, in this Q&A. John Urschel recalls players who gave him fits.


Lafayette Journal Courier: Dealing with discipline early was important to Darrell Hazell.

Lafayette Journal Courier: Defensive line a strength for the Boilermakers.


Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Jared Abbrederis, Chris Borland and James White are real attention-getters.

Wisconsin State Journal: Three-time defending champion Badgers are overshadowed by Ohio State.

Wisconsin State Journal: Friendship bonds Gary Andersen and Urban Meyer.

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