Big Ten lunchtime links
October, 26, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
- Illinois is ready to ride its Ford. Why has a promising season slipped off the track for the Illini?
- All three of former Indiana coach Bill Mallory's sons have gone into coaching, including two at Big Ten schools. Kevin Wilson might not recruit a quarterback in this class after losing Gunner Kiel.
- It's still hard to figure out how Iowa lost to Minnesota last year. Speaking of figuring out, the Hawkeyes are still trying to find answers on defense.
- Michigan coordinator Al Borges sees no reason to panic after the Wolverines' bad performance at Michigan State. He'd like more production from his tailbacks, though. An excerpt from a book about the Rich Rodriguez years focuses on how the NCAA investigation impacted the program.
- Michigan State has redefined itself as a true Big Ten power. William Gholston sprinted to Spartan Stadium as the Hail Mary pass was being executed.
- Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi better hope his third football coaching hire works out better than the first two.
- Nebraska hopes its no-huddle offense can help tire out the Michigan State defense. Brandon Kinnie's production is down, but the receiver is staying steady.
- Pat Fitzgerald sizes up the state of Northwestern in this video.
- Bret Bielema wishes Terrelle Pryor was still around, for one reason. Ohio State is downplaying the revenge factor, but the Buckeyes have a lot on the line this week against the Badgers.
- Purdue quarterback Rob Henry talks about his involvement with a petition asking for more money for college athletes.
- Matt McGloin is the starting quarterback at Penn State, no matter what the Lions coaches say.