Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 26, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Conference play is on its way. Hooray.
- Wisconsin did a great job staying business-like through four nonconference games. Now comes the reward. The excitement is building around Madison.
- Nebraska broke out the Wildcat with Rex Burkhead against Wyoming, and it worked well. The Huskers project a quiet cool coming into Saturday's game (and a breakdown of the Wyoming win).
- Things are going to get more difficult for Braxton Miller.
- Michigan State -- and particularly the Ohio-born Spartans -- are geared up for this week's game in Columbus. The Spartans need to improve in a few areas before league play arrives.
- Michigan is ready to increase its intensity level for Big Ten play. Brady Hoke has brought unity to the Wolverines, along with some kisses on the cheek.
- Injuries to Michael Mauti and D'Anton Lynn left Penn State a little dispirited. Nate Stupar moves into the spotlight in replacing Mauti at linebacker. Devon Still is playing at an All-American level, and he gives the Nittany Lions a chance to compete in the Big Ten.
- Winning a close game might help Illinois. Ron Zook is still wondering why Jeff Allen got ejected in the Western Michigan game.
- Minnesota has some pressing questions at quarterback. Medical experts discuss Jerry Kill's ongoing seizure problems.
- A bye week helped Purdue spend extra time focusing on Notre Dame.
- Terry Hutchens ranks the North Texas loss as Indiana's second-most embarrassing defeat of the past 14 years. A review of the Hoosiers in Week 4 (subscription required).
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