Spring in the Midwest: A look around the Big Ten Football Blogosphere

Michigan (MGoBlog): thin defense, true-freshman quarterback. Hoping for decent improvement, not much more. http://www.mgoblog.com/content/spring-practice-tea-leaves

Penn State (Black Shoe Diaries): Defense looking nasty (shocking, right?); concern about the wide receivers and the backup quarterback. http://www.blackshoediaries.com/2009/4/5/823475/nitt-picks-is-running-like-hell

Ohio State (Buckeye Commentary and Our Honor Defend): Defense lacking stars, but under Tressel will be solid; Pryor needs to develop his passing game, needs the line to provide extra protection. http://buckeyecommentary.com/; http://www.ourhonordefend.com/2009/04/observations-from-sundays-practice.php

Iowa (Black Heart, Gold Pants): Ferentz's kid got arrested for drinking. Is there anything else?[Ed. note: Whatever, I'm sure they'll be no worse than 10-2, right?]

Michigan State (Ground Zero East Lansing, Spartans Weblog): What is this "football" you speak of? http://groundzeroeastlansing.blogspot.com/; http://www.spartansweblog.com/

Northwestern (Lake the Posts): Kafka looks good at QB. Who will surround him is an open question. http://www.laketheposts.com/2009/04/eyes-wide-open.html

Illinois (Hail to the Orange): with Juice back for his hudredth year, Benn and some other speedy guys, let's throw deep. Every down. Nothing on the defense, which may be appropriate. http://www.hailtotheorange.com/2009/3/30/814407/run-fast-catch-ball-win-il

Indiana (Crimson Quarry): This is a basketball school; someone else can talk about football (like our friends at Rivals, Esq). http://www.crimsonquarry.com/2009/3/30/815836/2009-indiana-football-spri

Minnesota (GoperHole): New coaches (Bad-ger Re-jects clap, clap, clap clap clap -- insert smiley here), new system; defense is in good shape if they can get a pass-rusher to replace VandeSteeg, wondering who will step up to help out Decker on the offense. http://www.gopherhole.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=973

Purdue (Boiled Sports, Hammer & Rails): quarterback dismissed for cheating, and PS we're a basketball school, too . . . at least for now. http://www.boiledsports.com/2009/04/justin-siller-we-hardly-knew-ye.html, http://www.hammerandrails.com/

Heck, while I'm at it, our other 2009 opponents:

Fresno State (Bulldog Bounce): We're a baseball school. But it fully sucks that their defensive coordinator passed away last month, only 50 years old. Also, the offense will look different than it did last year (personnel wise), and they aren't likely to be ranked when we play them. http://www.BulldogBounce.blogspot.com/

Northern Illinois (Red and Black Attack): I'm not sure what it means, but it looks like NIU will be more comfortable running than passing. http://www.redandblackattack.com/

Hawaii (uhfootball): they're fast, which is good because they run and they shoot. And they need to replace some guys on their offense. http://uhfootball.blogspot.com/

Wofford (shocking: I can't find a current blog, but they've had one at wordpress): last year they were a pretty solid FCS team. http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/tiny-wofford-college-smashes-the-university-of-tennessee-chattanooga-56-7/; also this: They have two starting quarterbacks . . . seriously. http://goupstate.us/index.php/2009/03/25/wofford-football-depth-chart-after-sprin?blog=16

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