Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 28, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Nothing. The silent killer.
- Barry Alvarez is intrigued by a proposal for Wisconsin to play a game at Lambeau Field. By not trying to do too much, linebacker Chris Borland is doing more. David Gilbert's yapping cost him the start at Nebraska.
- Size has not been a problem for 5-foot-11, 155-pound Nebraska cornerback Josh Mitchell. A Rose Bowl is one of the few things missing on Tom Osborne's résumé -- for now.
- Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins on how he plans to stop Le'Veon Bell: "I'm going to try to rip his head off." Braxton Miller is a little hazy on the details of last year's loss to the Spartans.
- How Bell slipped through the recruiting cracks. Mark Dantonio and Urban Meyer are not exactly best buds.
- Former walk-on Matt Tobin is a success story at Iowa. Ex-Hawkeyes kicker Nate Kaeding writes about how Kirk Ferentz handles a crisis. An Iowa professor recalls meeting the namesake of the Floyd of Rosedale trophy: "He just looked like a pig to me."
- Minnesota quarterback Max Shortell has excelled at reading defenses fast.
- Attendance problems are still dogging Illinois.
- Northwestern's Tyris Jones has learned to pick his battles after doing some brawling on the scout team.
- Purdue will have to counter Marshall's "hyper-speed" tempo on offense.
- Penn State's young defensive ends are providing a spark with some starters injured. Could NCAA sanctions help rekindle the Penn State-Pitt rivalry?
- Michigan's Fitz Toussaint says he would do better with more than the 12 carries per game he's been averaging so far. Urban Meyer on the Wolverines: "I hope they're last in everything."
- Indiana students believe the Hoosiers are no longer a Big Ten pushover.
- BTN's Dave Revsine has his weekly numbers column to get you primed for the weekend.