Big Ten lunchtime links
October, 12, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Let's party like it's 1982.
- Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus has 8.5 sacks and 9.5 fingers (he's also the guest on our podcast this week, which will be available later today). The Illini are viewing Ohio State like the Buckeyes are still the class of the Big Ten.
- Ohio State players are trying to keep their resolve through some difficult times. Kenny Guiton will get some more reps at quarterback this week for the Buckeyes.
- Michigan's defense doesn't ever lose its fight, Greg Mattison says. Al Borges says Denard Robinson has improved as a passer.
- Mark Dantonio has fit right in with the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry. Four straight wins over the Wolverines would be sweet for the Spartans.
- Iowa is finding out that it's not easy to maintain success. Dan Persa has given the Hawkeyes fits, like other spread quarterbacks.
- Northwestern needs to look at some changes but stay the course and not follow the Tiger Woods model, Pat Fitzgerald says.
- Wisconsin tackle Josh Oglesby is playing well through some knee problems. Toning down his "Tasmanian Devil" approach has helped Tyler Dippel become a valuable contributor to the Badgers defense.
- Kevin Wilson says those who don't practice won't play for Indiana (subscription required). Wilson is just getting started for the Hoosiers.
- Purdue is about to begin the most difficult stretch of its schedule so far.
- JoePa says maybe he'll go 10 more years as Penn State coach, though he'll probably be back in the press box this week. D'Anton Lynn remains doubtful for the Nittany Lions.
- Jerry Kill expects MarQueis Gray to be his starting quarterback when Minnesota resumes play next week.
- Bo Pelini is looking for more consistency from his Cornhuskers.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
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
12:00 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