Big Ten lunch links
June, 29, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Happy Friday to all.
- A good piece by Teddy Greenstein on the evolution of a playoff and the Big Ten's role in it.
- Bob Flounders weighs in on Penn State's recruiting efforts and Bill O'Brien's sense of urgency in August. Mike Poorman looks at what O'Brien is up against as the newest head coach in the Big Ten.
- Another Replogle will play Big Ten football, but unlike his three older brothers, Jake Replogle is headed to Purdue, not Indiana. More on Replogle's college decision.
- Despite rumblings from Pac-12 country, Iowa's athletic director says the Big Ten-Pac-12 partnership remains on track. Speaking of AD Gary Barta, he'd serve on football's selection committee if asked.
- Brady Hoke is excited about Michigan opening the 2015 season on a Thursday night. John U. Bacon on a Michigan great from the Greatest Generation.
- The Big Ten's nonconference schedules are top heavy with Michigan's and Michigan State's, Matt Hayes writes.
- Decorated quarterback recruit Johnny Stanton made his second visit to Nebraska this week. A look back at Steve Taylor's air show for Nebraska against UCLA in 1987.
- Former Ohio State coaches John Cooper and Earle Bruce react to college football's new playoff.
- Mgoblog previews Northwestern in 2012. Mike Huguenin wonders if Northwestern has plateaued.
- Norwood Teague's chief task as Minnesota's AD is growing the budget.
- Tom Dienhart checks in with Illinois offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales. Illinois receiver Jordan Frysinger has left the program.
- Wisconsin boasts the nation's best running back tandem in Montee Ball and James White.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Western Kentucky Illinois 12:00 PM ET McNeese State 19 Nebraska 12:00 PM ET Akron Penn State 12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Purdue 12:00 PM ET Howard Rutgers 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois 18 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Northern Illinois Northwestern 3:30 PM ET Middle Tennessee Minnesota 3:30 PM ET Ball State Iowa 3:30 PM ET Maryland South Florida 6:30 PM ET 7 Michigan State 3 Oregon 7:30 PM ET Michigan 16 Notre Dame 8:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 8 Ohio State