Big Ten lunch links
September, 6, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Two days till Big Ten football, three days till Bearmageddon in Chicago.
- Purdue QB Robert Marve has grown up a lot since his last trip to South Bend. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart checks in with Purdue star DT Kawann Short.
- Penn State top RB Bill Belton sits out practice Wednesday. Belton's likely replacement against Virginia, Derek Day, has maximized his opportunities. The Lions' new offense has been a great fit for TE Kyle Carter.
- Wisconsin standout WR Jared Abbrederis still has a walk-on's mindset. Badgers' defenders try to limit lapses late in practice.
- As first reported here, Ohio State and Penn State can be named official Leaders Division champs.
- Nebraska's Taylor Martinez has blended old and new to develop as a quarterback. Rex Burkhead sits out another practice, but CB Mohammed Seisay will play at UCLA.
- The Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine goes inside the numbers for Week 2 in the league.
- Michigan LT Taylor Lewan calls out the offensive line for an "embarrassing" performance against Bama. Brady Hoke has decided who will wear Bennie Oosterbaan's unretired No. 47 on Saturday.
- Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase is improving in his recovery from an ankle injury. An Illini tight end (Jon Davis) stole the spotlight from the running backs in the opener.
- Despite Northwestern's defensive struggles against Syracuse, coach Pat Fitzgerald tells Vanderbilt to "bring it" Saturday. Northwestern's "jet" team showed it can take flight.
- The opener was no fluke: Minnesota S Derrick Wells is a natural playmaker. Freshmen at Minnesota can attend Saturday's home opener for free. Jerry Kill is following the Glen Mason path of scheduling, Patrick Reusse writes.
- Ohio State tries to find the balance of how much to run talented QB Braxton Miller. More Buckeyes notes from their top beat guy.
- Jamie Samuelsen has some thoughts on Michigan, Michigan State and Twitter.
- Don't expect too many changes in Michigan State's secondary against Central Michigan. The Spartans receivers hope to broaden their roles in Week 2.
- Kinnick Stadium gives Iowa a big edge in its rivalry with Iowa State. Three story lines heading into Iowa-Iowa State.
- Indiana freshman offensive lineman Jason Spriggs has next-level talent (subscription required).
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