Big Ten lunch links
December, 17, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Thanks to colleague Heather Dinich for filling in on the links Thursday. I caught a 24-hour flu bug, and it wasn't pretty.
- In case you missed it from this morning, the Big Ten could reconsider its unpopular division names.
- Ohio State's ball security has been tremendous this season, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Gordon also takes a look at what happened to former Ohio State recruiting targets who got away.
- A look at how Joe Paterno keeps his assistants happy at Penn State from statecollege.com's Mike Poorman. Former Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin has no regrets about leaving Happy Valley, Ray Parrillo writes in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Wisconsin star defensive end J.J. Watt has a tough NFL decision to make, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers' coaching staff is in line for some big bonuses for reaching the Rose Bowl, Andy Baggot writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Both Michigan State and Michigan have plenty at stake in their bowl games, Bob Wojnowski writes in The Detroit Free Press. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is getting healthier and faster for the bowl, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Illinois' defense has a big challenge ahead with Baylor star quarterback Robert Griffin, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Spartans linebacker Jon Misch has been through it all in East Lansing, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
- New Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has high hopes for quarterback MarQueis Gray, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- The roommate of troubled Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos will plead not guilty to selling pot.
- Two of these writers are excited about bowl games featuring Big Ten teams.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska