Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, October 3, 2014

Kevin Wilson has made progress in his four seasons at Indiana, but the program is still looking for its first bowl since 2007. Still, should the school award Wilson with a 10-year contract? David Woods of makes a case for it. No doubt, IU can?t keep cycling coaches out every 3-4 years. If the school really wants to commit to Wilson, it should. The progress is tangible.


How big is Ohio State?s visit to Maryland this Saturday? Well, the Terps have sold out their stadium for the first time since 2008. This, ladies and gentlemen, is one reason why the Terps? move to the Big Ten was smart.

This snippet from Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman should fire up Maryland players: ?We're going to go there and we're going to welcome them to the Big Ten," Heuerman said after practice on Wednesday. "We're going to go on the road and it's going to be a big game and we're going to show them what Big Ten football is and hopefully it'll come out in our favor."


Speaking of interesting, check out this take on how a Rutgers? win over Michigan could help former Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano get his next job.



Amid all of the talk about how Michigan mishandled communication about the handling of Shane Morris, how has Morris been doing? Sounds like his mood has been great.

"He's doing great, he's doing wonderful," Hoke said Wednesday night at his weekly radio show in Ann Arbor. "I don't like to talk about injuries, but from a health point of view he's doing great.

"Attitude-wise he's fantastic."

Morris, who has not been made available to the media, sent out his first tweet since Saturday on Tuesday: "I just want to play football."

Speaking of Michigan, A.D. Dave Brandon finally met with the media to discuss the last few days. He admits he made a mistake in the handling of the Morris situation. He also doesn?t fear for his job. Check out this wide-ranging interview with

Hoke has been amazed at the criticism that Brandon has come under.


Yes, Nebraska?s Ameer Abdullah, Indiana?s Tevin Coleman and Wisconsin?s Melvin Gordon are good, but don?t forget about Minnesota?s David Cobb. He?s on pace for a historic rushing season.

Cobb didn?t start until the seventh game of 2013. Since then, he has rushed for 100 yards or more in eight of 12 games. That includes two 200-yard plus performances this year for the Gophers (4-1), who are on a bye week before playing host Oct. 11 to Northwestern. Marcus Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press notes that Laurence Maroney's single-season school rushing record of 1,464 in 2005 is attainable for Cobb, who has 722 yards this year, ranking sixth in nation. His 144-yard per game average puts him on pace for more than 1,800 rushing yards.


Few teams have a running back tandem as lethal as Wisconsin?s duo of Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement. And the Badgers want to get them both on the field together more often. Smart idea.

?When you?ve got your playmakers out there, it?s a lot for (the defense) to follow and to read,? Gordon said. ?It opens up a lot for everyone - not just me and Corey, but for the receivers as well. That?s the unique thing about it, especially with (quarterback) Tanner (McEvoy) being able to run, too.

?There are so many options you can go to. That?s what makes those plays special.?


I?ll leave you with one final item for the Nebraska at Michigan State game: It looks like the Spartan o-line will be full-go for Saturday. This, of course, is good news since the team that runs the ball the best figures to win this Titanic showdown.

Kyle Austin of explains that first, projected right guard starter Connor Kruse went down with an injury in a preseason scrimmage, leading the Spartans to shuffle its offensive line and promote Kodi Kieler to the starting lineup. Then left guard Travis Jackson left the team's opener early, and his status was unsure for the Spartans' trip to Oregon. And last week, starting center Jack Allen was a late scratch with an injury. This week, for the first time this season, the unit could have all those players available for its Saturday matchup against Nebraska.


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