Big Ten lunchtime links
June, 4, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
These are questions for wise men with skinny arms.
- Tim Beckman is taking his campaign to the streets of Champaign, getting the word out about the new era of Illinois football.
- Which true freshman running back will emerge for Iowa this year? A closer look at Hawkeyes cornerback Greg Castillo.
- Michigan has already beaten Alabama -- at least for highly rated defensive tackle recruit Henry Poggi.
- Michigan State defensive tackle Matt Ramondo is transferring back home to New Mexico State.
- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini opposes a playoff system of any sort. Walk-on quarterback Ryker Fyfe is a gem the Huskers must polish.
- The Big Ten is being flexible in the playoff debate, Teddy Greenstein writes.
- Northwestern's Jeremy Ebert continues to prove doubters wrong as he starts his career with the New England Patriots.
- Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort have been suspended after a misdemeanor arrest. John Simon says the Buckeyes will be "playing for each other" in 2012.
- Penn State coach Bill O'Brien brought a powerful message to a fundraising event. A Philly receiver starred at a Nittany Lions skills camp and came away with a scholarship offer.
- Purdue coached up its fans at an event.
- Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the media should have a prominent role in selecting playoff participants.
- Weather could help the Big Ten derail the SEC. Too bad we'll never know.
- The Pac-12 did not take a formal position on playoffs at its meeting, but still favors conference champions and wants to protect the Rose Bowl.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State