Big Ten lunch links
September, 18, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Served daily at high noon ...
- Rex is back for Nebraska, and it's the right time for the running back's return. Tom Shatel writes that Huskers coach Bo Pelini took the wise approach with his health.
- Bret Bielema is keeping quiet about Wisconsin's quarterback situation this week. The Badgers' offensive line draws mixed reviews in its first game under Bart Miller. Three Wisconsin students are charged in the attack on Badgers star Montee Ball.
- Tom Dienhart still projects two Big Ten teams to BCS bowls.
- Brady Hoke says Michigan will be fine if Notre Dame wants to suspend the annual series. Michigan's offensive line looks to get meaner and nastier. Wolverines backup QB Devin Gardner catches on at wide receiver.
- Opposing defenses are loading up to stop Braxton Miller, so Ohio State likely needs to look to the air more. It's back to basics for the Buckeyes' defense after a poor tackling performance against Cal.
- Chip Scoggins writes that Minnesota's quarterback situation could be a good thing in the long run. Jerry Kill went into clock-killing mode late in last Saturday's game.
- Northwestern's quarterback shuffle continues to click. Competition also continues for the Wildcats' cornerbacks. Wisconsin has no business being ranked, while Northwestern probably should be in the Top 25.
- After his three-touchdown performance, Mark Weisman is listed as the starting running back on Iowa's depth chart. Central Michigan prepares for both Weisman and fellow walk-on back Michael Malloy.
- Michigan State's offensive line has to step up after a lousy performance against Notre Dame.
- Depth remains a big question mark for a banged-up Illinois team. Louisiana Tech certainly has the attention of Illinois players. The Illini defense must be ready for Tech's rapid-fire tempo, Loren Tate writes.
- Penn State's Paul Jones is gradually embracing his move from quarterback to tight end. The pass game is surging, but the Nittany Lions still need a lot more from their rushing attack.
- Purdue is glad to get a bye-week break.
- Cameron Coffman has recovered from his hip injury and remains Indiana's starting quarterback. Former Hoosiers star Antwaan Randle El heads into IU's hall of fame.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska