Big Ten lunchtime links
December, 16, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Happy bowl season eve:
- Michigan State punter Mike Sadler excelled on the field as a freshman and is doing some heavy lifting in the classroom as well. Georgia got a bit of a head start on the Spartans in its bowl preparation.
- Declining football attendance has meant a drop in revenue for Purdue.
- Urban Meyer made a strong first impression on the Ohio State players.
- Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says he has no problem with schools recruiting committed players.
- Nebraska defensive end Joe Carter will be facing his home-state school in the Capital One Bowl. A group of Huskers have earned their diplomas in less than four years.
- Wisconsin quarterback Jon Budmayr suffered a setback with his troublesome elbow. Will offensive coordinator Paul Chryst get a call from Pittsburgh?
- Life threw a wicked curveball at Penn State's Tom Bradley. The Nittany Lions are being very methodical in their search for a new head coach.
- Vic Koenning says it might actually be easier for the Illinois players to make a fresh start when he leaves. Tim Beckman will make recruiting St. Louis a priority.
- Iowa picked up a wide receiver who's from Canada on the recruiting front, eh?
- Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison blames the poor defensive showing against Ohio State on his own tendencies. Mike Martin should be an early-round NFL draft pick. A prized cornerback prospect who committed to Penn State could switch to the Wolverines.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
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