Quick previews for B1G noon games

September, 8, 2012
9/08/12
11:00
AM ET
Let's take a quick look at what's on tap in the Big ten in the three noon ET kickoffs ...

Penn State (0-1) at Virginia (1-0): The Nittany Lions hit the road in search of Bill O'Brien's first victory as coach and hope to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2001. Former walk-on Derek Day gets the start at running back for Penn State in place of the hobbled Bill Belton (ankle). The prognosis is a bit better for Penn State starting cornerback Stephon Morris (ankle). Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco, who grew up a Penn State fan, faces a Nittany Lions defense that has struggled in its past three games, stretching back to last season.

Central Florida (1-0) at No. 14 Ohio State (1-0): After racking up 56 points in a stress-free opener, Ohio State should face a much tougher test from Central Florida, which has had a top-15 defense in each of the past two seasons. The Knights also boast a talented young quarterback in Blake Bortles, who tossed three touchdown passes in a season-opening rout of Akron on the road. New Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer expects the game to be a "war," and it'll provide a good barometer for his squad's revamped offense. It's the teams' first meeting, and Ohio State tries to continue its streak of 58 consecutive home wins against unranked non-league foes.

New Hampshire (1-0) at Minnesota (1-0): The Gophers aim for their first 2-0 start since 2009 and try to end a two-game losing streak against FCS teams (lost to North Dakota State last year and South Dakota in 2010). Senior quarterback MarQueis Gray came alive in overtime against UNLV, but he'll need more efficient performances going forward, beginning today against the Wildcats. Minnesota's defense recorded three interceptions against UNLV and can match its total from all of last season with a pick against New Hampshire redshirt freshman Sean Goldrich, who threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns in last week's win against Holy Cross.

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