Big Ten lunch links
September, 16, 2011
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
One day away ...
- Ohio State's season hinges on the Miami game, Rob Oller writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Buckeyes safety Tyler Moeller knows it's all about takeaways against the U, Doug Lesmerises writes in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Ohio State has made changes to its player ticket policy.
- The oddsmakers are overlooking the fact Michigan State is loaded, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News. Michigan State doesn't expect Notre Dame to keep being so generous with the football, Greg Johnson writes.
- Illinois strong man Jay Prosch prepares for the Burfict storm, John Supinie writes. Colleague Ted Miller writes Arizona State can't afford a letdown in Champaign. Illinois should be cautious about trying to win over Chicago, a pro sports town, Loren Tate writes.
- The Chicago Sun-Times predicts Week 3 here and here.
- A terrific piece by Dirk Chatelain about religion and running backs at Nebraska. Huskers wide receiver Kenny Bell boasts an excellent 'do, and he can make catches, too, Brian Rosenthal writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Penn State's visit to Philly marks a homecoming for several Lions players, Mike Still writes in The Daily Collegian. Temple needs to beat Penn State to ever be considered a serious program, Mike Jensen writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Good news for Minnesota as coach Jerry Kill returns to practice. Kill has an ally in former Gophers coach Glen Mason, Chip Scoggins writes.
- Purdue has shown it can finish games, but starting them well is a different story, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- The Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine looks at Illinois' rise and other numbers throughout the league.
- A roundup of Wisconsin-Northern Illinois predictions and notes. Badgers defensive end David Gilbert grows into a vocal leader, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Iowa can turn around its season by slowing down a slippery quarterback, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Here's the latest on former Iowa football player Brett Greenwood.
- Former walk-on Jordan Kovacs never envisioned the role he'd have with Michigan, colleague Chantel Jennings writes. Annarbor.com's Nick Baumgardner looks at Brady Hoke's first 99 games as a head coach.
- Northwestern aims for perfection in limiting big plays, Teddy Greenstein writes.
- Indiana's season comes down to how the quarterbacks develop, Andy Graham writes (subscription required).
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