Big Ten lunchtime links
November, 23, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Happy Turkey eve.
- Brady Hoke's dislike of "Ohio" is interesting since he's from Ohio and his dad once played for Woody Hayes. Michigan has a prime chance to end its losing skid against the Buckeyes.
- Ohio State linebacker Andrew Sweat is waiting for the OK to return from a concussion. The Buckeyes lead Michigan for top Ohio recruits, but the Wolverines have made inroads.
- Tom Bradley wants to be considered for the permanent Penn State head-coaching job. Silas Redd is limited in practice again this week. Jerry Sandusky's lawyer went on the offensive. The Lions have to find a way to slow down Wisconsin's offense.
- Wisconsin's interior linemen will have their hands full with Devon Still.
- Nebraska could have a hard time replacing Alfonzo Dennard and Lavonte David next year. Dennard says he can still play better after he gave up his first touchdown pass last week.
- Iowa has one of the most productive offensive trios in recent school history, though one of the stars needs a nickname. Kirk Ferentz doesn't mind the short week for the Black Friday game against Nebraska.
- Mark Dantonio's checklist of goals at Michigan State is narrowing after the Spartans' recent success. The Spartans are planning raises for their assistant coaches, though Pat Narduzzi will likely get some job offers.
- Northwestern's seniors have written a success story.
- New athletic director Mike Thomas won't wait on Illinois' finish to make a decision on Ron Zook. The Illini hope a win this week will get them somewhere warm for bowl season.
- Minnesota's Brandon Kirksey sees some worthy heirs on the Gophers' defensive line. MarQueis Gray will remain the team's starting quarterback next season.
- Danny Hope needs a win this week to prove that Purdue has made progress under his watch.
- Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has developed an appreciation of the Bucket game with Purdue (subscription required).