Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 29, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Thank God for game week.
- A few storylines for the Illinois-Arkansas State game. Five questions facing the Illini this season.
- Damarlo Belcher has his sights set on breaking Indiana's all-time receiving records. Will Kevin Wilson be the one who saves Hoosier football?
- Riley Reiff is getting a lot of preseason love, but the Iowa tackle says he only cares about winning games. The Hawkeyes got a second recruit in this class from a Detroit high school. Iowa could do some damage in the Big Ten after a tough offseason.
- Brady Hoke has a one-year plan for turning Michigan back into a power, but is it realistic? A sense of cohesion should help the Wolverines' offensive line.
- Michigan State could be improved this year, but it might not show up in the team's record. Kirk Cousins' drive and leadership skills are traits that developed long ago.
- Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman was once one of the nation's top prep tight ends. Now he's battling for playing time on the Gophers' defense.
- Nebraska could be seriously young on the offensive line this year. It should be fun to get to know new Huskers offensive coordinator Tim Beck and his creative process. Linebacker Sean Fisher tries to keep his 6-foot-6 body under control, like he does most other facets of his life.
- In the big picture, Northwestern is in great shape. But what about this season for the Wildcats?
- Ohio State doesn't have a lot of starters back in the secondary, but it has some young defensive backs who played under pressure last year. History suggests an 8-4 type season for the Buckeyes, but take it with a grain of salt. Ohio State's offense will look the same, just without the familiar face leading it. You shouldn't count the Buckeyes out of the Big Ten race.
- Penn State fans should lower their expectations, Bob Flounders writes. New Nittany Lions middle linebacker Glenn Carson relishes the big hits. Speaking of linebackers, Michael Mauti should be the next star at Linebacker U.
- Caleb TerBush was officially named Purdue's starting quarterback. Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers should help the Boilers produce more in the running game.
- Wisconsin's toughest opponent this year might be complacency. Russell Wilson can run but is always looking to pass first.
- The Detroit Free Press unveils its preseason All-Big Ten team.
- Coaches dish on their Big Ten rivals to Athlon.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:15 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State