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
8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21
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
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
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
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State