Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 24, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
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- Montee Ball is trying to keep his chin up after a difficult start to his 2012 season. Joel Stave wasn't perfect, but he gave the Wisconsin offense a little spark.
- Purdue's bye week gave Ryan Russell a chance to rest his knee.
- Penn State is taking on the personality of Bill O'Brien. Why can't the Lions compete in the Big Ten? Mark Emmert stands by the Penn State sanctions.
- The rushing battle between Braxton Miller and Le'Veon Bell should be fun to watch this week. Some young Buckeyes need to grow up when Big Ten play starts.
- Northwestern was dominant against South Dakota on Saturday.
- Nebraska's high-speed offense gives it a strong chance to win the Big Ten. Some fearless predictions about the Huskers and other Big Ten teams.
- Jerry Kill was thrilled to see his old team win at Kansas, and he should be pretty happy with his current team right about now, too.
- Michigan State's defense looks ready for Big Ten play, but the offense has to catch up. How can the Spartans' offense get in sync?
- Michigan isn't maximizing Denard Robinson's skills with its play calling, Drew Sharp writes. Inconsistency could hurt Robinson's legacy. Brady Hoke defended the disastrous halfback pass call against Notre Dame.
- Writing off Kirk Ferentz is premature, Pat Harty writes. Iowa has work to do to avoid a forgettable season.
- Bill Mallory once turned Indiana around and sees some similarities in these current Hoosiers.
- The Illinois quarterback job is up for grabs. How do the Illini crack the code and become a winning program?
- Big Ten power rankings from BTN and Athlon.
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