Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 10, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
No "Breaking Bad" to quote today, but here are your Monday links, in power rankings order:
- Michigan State must handle expectations that come with being the last heavyweight standing in the Big Ten. The Spartans believe their nonconference schedule is preparing them for what's to come.
- Urban Meyer is looking for more pass pressure out of his defense. Ohio State is also seeking help for its running game.
- The future has arrived for Michigan as the youth movement is in full swing. The Wolverines need production from someone other than Denard Robinson going forward.
- Nebraska's struggles at UCLA shouldn't be blamed on Taylor Martinez, Steven Sipple writes. The offense shoulders some responsibility for the poor defensive performance, Sam McKewon says.
- Northwestern formed better chemistry on defense this summer, and it paid off against Vanderbilt.
- Future Purdue opponents will likely see the Notre Dame tape and decide to pass the ball a lot. The Boilers aren't discouraged despite the loss.
- Wisconsin has dumped offensive line coach Mike Markuson. Jared Abbrederis was missed on Saturday as the Badgers' other receivers couldn't help much.
- Minnesota is 2-0 but still has some obvious flaws.
- It's back to the drawing board for Illinois after a blowout loss.
- Iowa has a severe shortage of offensive playmakers.
- Could Al Pacino play Joe Paterno in a movie? Hoo-ah! On the plus side for Penn State, some young players have emerged as key contributors.
- The Week in Review for Indiana (subscription required).
- The Leaders Division is hardly living up to its name.
- Don't like our newest power rankings? Athlon and the Big Ten Network have their own.