Big Ten lunchtime links
August, 27, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Shut the (heck) up and let me die in peace.
- Tim Beckman is a perfectionist, even if that means sleeping on his office couch to get the job done. Beckman and Nathan Scheelhaase appear to be on the same page.
- Kevin Wilson wants Indiana fans to demand success, not just hope for it (subscription required). Wilson is still looking to change the culture in Bloomington.
- Lots of uncertainty surrounds Iowa, which makes it a fun season to follow. Running back jinx? Damon Bullock doesn't believe in such a thing. Comparing Kirk Ferentz and Hayden Fry at their 13-year marks.
- Preparing for Alabama has given Michigan an extra boost in preseason practice. Defensive tackle Will Campbell is tackling expectations and leadership. Family plays a key role for the Wolverines' coaching staff.
- Le'Veon Bell isn't setting any specific yardage goals as Michigan State's go-to back. The Spartans got a commitment from a Detroit offensive lineman and a Chicago defensive end.
- A pair of sophomores have taken on leadership roles among Minnesota's wide receivers. MarQueis Gray is juggling his starting quarterback job with raising twin babies and making it work.
- Talented Nebraska receiver Jamal Turner says he's motivated by last year's poor freshman season. Some thoughts and predictions on the Huskers' season from Sam McKewon.
- Northwestern's Kain Colter believes he can do it all this year.
- Tight ends will actually play a big role in the Ohio State offense. Doug Lesmerises says 8-4 is more likely for the Buckeyes than 10-2.
- The New York Times profiles Bill O'Brien. The new Penn State coach begins his monumental task.
- Purdue must take care of business in the nonconference schedule to get where it wants to go. A handful of Boilermakers freshmen should make their debuts Saturday.
- The Wisconsin defense is stressing communication after last year's breakdowns. Kyle French will handle kickoffs and field goals for the Badgers.
- Dish Network subscribers could be shut out of watching league games this weekend if negotiations with the Big Ten Network aren't resolved.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38
Final Penn State 26 UCF 24 Final Youngstown State 17 Illinois 28 Final Indiana State 10 Indiana 28 Final Northern Iowa 23 Iowa 31 Final Appalachian State 14 Michigan 52 Final 5 Ohio State 34 Navy 17 Final Western Michigan 34 Purdue 43 Final Florida Atlantic 7 22 Nebraska 55 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final James Madison 7 Maryland 52 Final 14 Wisconsin 24 13 LSU 28