11:04 AM EST, Thu March 05, 2015

Big Ten morning links

Spring football starts Tuesday at Michigan, where temperatures are forecast to dip below zero each of the next three nights. Why do I feel like everyone on Twitter is talking to Jim Harbaugh these days? The Wolverines will be warm and cozy at practice inside Al Glick Field House. Northwestern also starts this week. Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska open drills next week, which makes now as good a time as any to review staff openings around the Big Ten.

Position battles: Northwestern Wildcats

The long wait until football returns is only beginning, but spring practice is at least another day closer. To help pass the time until Big Ten teams are back in pads, we're looking around the entire league at key position battles that could help sort out the race for a championship by the time fall eventually arrives. Next in line: Northwestern. 1. Quarterback: The race to take the reins of the offense from Trevor Siemian may have actually started at the end of last season, and Northwestern got a glimpse at what Zack Oliver could offer as a starter.

Illini athletic director details Soldier Field games

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas detailed on Tuesday the team’s plans to play three games at Soldier Field against Northwestern.