Big Ten lunchtime links
October, 3, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
The Cardinals are back in the playoffs. You're all in big, big trouble.
- Tim Beckman says Illinois must get tougher. The future seems to offer little relief for the struggling Illini.
- Indiana's quarterback competition is neck and neck right now.
- Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis says he has a lot of tricks still up his sleeve for the rest of the season. Phil Parker's defense isn't all that different from Norm Parker's defense.
- Al Borges is trying to figure out why the Michigan offense struggles more on the road. The Wolverines need to get Fitz Toussaint going.
- Michigan State freshman Aaron Burbridge says he's ready for his first start this weekend at receiver. Despite several missed kicks, Dan Conroy remains the Spartans' best choice on field goals.
- Jerry Kill says his team's three interceptions against Iowa were more on the receivers than quarterback Max Shortell.
- Consistency is the next step for the high-scoring Nebraska offense. Braxton Miller will be a tough challenge for the Blackshirts.
- The versatility of Northwestern's Kain Colter is causing headaches for opponents.
- Questions about the Ohio State film controversy made some Big Ten coaches clam up quickly on Tuesday. Nebraska's running game will present a new test for the Buckeyes' defense.
- Recruiting isn't going to be easy at Penn State, but Bill O'Brien thinks his program has great things to sell to prospects. Bill Belton is back, but the Nittany Lions will stick with a running back by committee approach. Mike McQueary is suing Penn State.
- Purdue's chance to prove itself begins on Saturday. The Boilers' defense will be on the spot against Denard Robinson.
- Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen has not lived up to expectations as the team's No. 1 tight end. The Badgers have an unprecedented -- for them -- number of commitments from high school juniors.