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
Final Iowa 24 Pittsburgh 20 Final Eastern Michigan 14 11 Michigan State 73 Final Western Illinois 7 Northwestern 24 Final Southern Illinois 13 Purdue 35 Final Bowling Green 17 19 Wisconsin 68 Final Maryland 34 Syracuse 20 Final Utah 26 Michigan 10 Final Rutgers 31 Navy 24 Final Massachusetts 7 Penn State 48 Final San Jose State 7 Minnesota 24 Final Texas State 35 Illinois 42 Final Indiana 31 18 Missouri 27 Final Miami (FL) 31 24 Nebraska 41