Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 26, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
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- A lack of blitzing might be one reason why Illinois' defense isn't matching last season's performance. The Illini expect Penn State to be fired up for this one after what happened last summer.
- Randy Walker's presence will be felt on both sidelines when Indiana meets Northwestern (subscription required). Cameron Coffman is ready to go at quarterback for the Hoosiers.
- Iowa is dealing with a little bit of a Central Michigan hangover. Kirk Ferentz is standing by James Vandenberg.
- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon was blindsided by the timing of Notre Dame's cancellation of their series. The Wolverines still think they can smell roses after a 2-2 start.
- A sputtering offense is still Michigan State's top concern. Is shutting down media access really necessary for the Spartans? Notre Dame has not contacted Michigan State about their series.
- It's hard to deny the progress Minnesota's defense has made. Some Gophers walk-ons are still striving for scholarships.
- Nebraska has a big game and a big recruiting weekend on tap. Huskers receivers are fighting for points.
- Venric Mark is thriving at running back for Northwestern.
- Urban Meyer's signature play has a sentimental background. Rod Smith has surprisingly become a part of the Ohio State offense again.
- There's a major contrast between the first-year coaches at Illinois and Penn State. A former Maryland commit switched his pledge to the Nittany Lions.
- Robert Marve is willing to live with the consequences of playing without an ACL. Danny Hope thinks Purdue is a Top 25 team.
- Wisconsin's top five defensive ends are all banged up going into the Nebraska game. Montee Ball says there's no doubt he will play this weekend.
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