Big Ten lunch links
November, 15, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
These links are all about style points.
- In case you missed them, my Week 12 power rankings and an updated look at the Big Ten title race.
- Bowl projections here and here.
- After Wisconsin scored 83 points, running back Montee Ball said "we were going to make sure we were going to win by a lot," Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. The Badgers' 83-point explosion certainly generated attention, Michael Hunt writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, some of it negative.
- Indiana's embarrassing loss likely spells the end for Bill Lynch, Ben Smith writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Sentinel. The Hoosiers fell apart as soon as quarterback Ben Chappell went down, Andy Graham writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Dan Persa's father describes the surgery performed on the Northwestern quarterback as "textbook," Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune. The stakes and the hype are on the rise for Northwestern-Illinois at Wrigley Field, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Illinois' Senior Day loss is lingering, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. Illini linebacker Evan Frierson is suspended following his early morning arrest.
- The Vest blew up at halftime Saturday, and it struck the right chord with Ohio State, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch. The Buckeyes graded well in Saturday's game, Ray Stein writes in The Dispatch.
- Penn State's quarterback debate is back on after Saturday's loss, Joe Juliano writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Matt McGloin will take more heat than he deserves, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
- After two imperfect wins, Michigan must avoid blowouts down the stretch, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News. Athletic director Dave Brandon is all about protecting Michigan's brand, Bill Shea writes in Crain's Detroit Business.
- Iowa's defense hasn't met expectations, Sean Keeler writes in the Des Moines Register. An interesting look at the Hawkeyes and the hype they didn't meet this season from The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Mike Hlas.
- Former Minnesota coach Tim Brewster had confidence the Gophers would beat Illinois, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press. Minnesota viewed its streak-snapping win as the start of a new year, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- Rob Henry is Purdue's choice at quarterback if he's healthy, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Northwestern Iowa 12:00 PM ET Maryland Penn State 12:00 PM ET Wisconsin Rutgers 3:30 PM ET Purdue 15 Nebraska 3:30 PM ET Indiana Michigan 8:00 PM ET Illinois 16 Ohio State