Big Ten lunch links
December, 27, 2011
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Big Ten bowl season is here. Buckle up.
- Purdue tries to take the next step and win its bowl game. A closer look at the Purdue-Western Michigan matchup.
- A good piece by Mike Poorman on Penn State's coaching search and why Tom Clements makes a lot of sense. The Penn State scandal overshadowed the best stories of 2011, Dan Wetzel writes.
- Michigan State's long snapper is suspended for the Outback Bowl, while the Spartans also are without a reserve receiver. MSU's Tony Lippett will practice on both offense and defense this week.
- Iowa tries to replace 281 carries in its backfield for the Insight Bowl. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz fended off personnel questions Monday.
- Wisconsin's Nick Toon has atonement on his mind as he returns to the Rose Bowl.
- An extensive Q&A with new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. More from Beckman on Illinois' future.
- Colleague Ryan McGee breaks down the actual impact of Ohio State's NCAA sanctions. Brace yourselves, Buckeye fans, but tight end Jake Stoneburner might finally get the ball more in 2012.
- Northwestern is sticking to its bowl preparation routine despite a lack of wins.
- Nebraska is ready to get back to work in Orlando. Huskers star LB Lavonte David has some kind words about the team's new defensive coordinator.
- Michigan's Martavious Odoms is finally healthy and contributing again. Wolverines offensive coordinator Al Borges expects big things from Denard Robinson in 2012.
- CBSsports.com's Bruce Feldman revisits his best and worst predictions for the 2011 season.