Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 20, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
I'm in the empire business.
- Mark Tupper predicts a 7-5 season for Illinois. The Illini need to fix their special teams, and Tim Beckman is trying to do just that.
- Stephen Houston is looking to power up the Indiana running game.
- Damon Bullock is no longer under the radar at Iowa. Pat Harty lists 10 Hawkeyes on the verge of a breakout season.
- Michigan cornerback J.T. Floyd now sees what his coaches have been preaching. Bob Asmussen explains why he voted the Wolverines No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. Punter Will Hagerup says last year's four-game suspension led to his troubles.
- A former Ohio State defensive end is reportedly transferring to Michigan State. The Spartans' offensive line is determined to run the ball effectively this season. Linebacker Chris Norman wants to be a shining example of hope to troubled neighborhoods in Detroit.
- Patrick Reusse says it's up to Minnesota fans to create a game-day atmosphere. A sibling rivalry drives Gophers safety Brock Vereen.
- Huskers linebacker Sean Fisher might get another year of eligibility but is treating this season as if it's his last. Rex Burkhead deserves a signature moment in his senior season.
- Kyle Prater finally looked healthy in a Northwestern scrimmage over the weekend.
- Ohio State named its captains. A redshirt season paid off for Buckeyes offensive lineman Marcus Hall as he got his academic house in order.
- Penn State added a linebacker from Florida who is joining the team today. Nittany Lions fans are keeping a close eye on quarterback Christian Hackenberg's every move. The defensive line gives this year's team hope.
- Some questions were answered in camp but others still remain at Purdue.
- Practice performance made it obvious that Danny O'Brien would be Wisconsin's starting quarterback. The Badgers' big goal is to stop big plays on defense.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
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
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
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
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