Big Ten lunch links
September, 27, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Oh, please, I was an anomaly. I self-potty-trained.
- Check out all the reaction to Tom Osborne's impending retirement.
- Breakdowns of the Big Ten's early season woes here and at CBSsports.com. The BTN.com guys predict Week 5 in the league.
- Bulletin-board material? Check. Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert on Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez: "It still looks like he's skipping rocks out there to me." Dynamic young running back Melvin Gordon is anxious for more opportunities with the Badgers. A rivalry is brewing between Wisconsin and Nebraska.
- Michigan State will see a different version of Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller on Saturday. Linebacker attrition in 2009 and 2010 is hurting the Buckeyes now.
- This year, there's no doubt about Penn State's best quarterback. Lions fullback Michael Zordich hopes the carries keep coming his way.
- Lee Barfknecht writes Nebraska should be able to lure a top athletic director.
- Overlooked in high school, Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell has become a star. Graham Couch writes that the Michigan State-Notre Dame rivalry is a keeper.
- Illinois should finally get its top two safeties on the field against Penn State. The Illini defense prepares for a new-look Penn State offense.
- Minnesota's defense has sparked the team to a 4-0 start. For it to continue, the Gophers need to defend the run better than they did last year against Iowa.
- Iowa is still looking for a difference-maker on special teams. Hawkeyes players say they're blocking out the criticism in the fish bowl. Iowa is dealing with a 2011 hangover.
- Winning the Legends division isn't out of the question for Northwestern. Brian Arnfelt and his fellow Wildcats defensive linemen are off to a good start.
- Penn State's football revenue continues to rise. Perjury charges are upheld against two former Penn State officials.
- Indiana running back Stephen Houston is trying to regain his 2011 form (subscription required). Coach Kevin Wilson wants to see more from Indiana's junior college arrivals.
- Marshall's prolific quarterback Rakeem Cato is very much on Purdue's radar entering Saturday's game. On the flip side, the Boilers' Kawann Short will be a handful for Cato and the Herd.
- Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges breaks down the halfback pass that went terribly wrong. The Bo Schembechler estate sale has been cancelled.
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