Big Ten lunchtime links
October, 17, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
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- Michigan won't run away from what it is offensively versus Michigan State. Denard Robinson is settling into a groove. Al Borges says Thomas Rawls has earned the right to play more at running back.
- Mark Dantonio says the media has goaded him into sometimes controversial comments about Michigan. Adversity and a rival game might be what the Spartans need right now. MSU athletic director Mark Hollis says he wants the rivalry with Michigan to be based on mutual respect.
- Nebraska's Kenny Bell and Northwestern's Kain Colter have been close friends since kindergarten. The Huskers' defense is preparing for an offense that will attack them in all of its weak spots.
- Ryan Groy will start at left tackle for Wisconsin with Ricky Wagner not expected to play. The fall may still belong to Montee Ball after all.
- Kevin Wilson doesn't want Indiana to feel satisfied about just coming close to winning.
- Iowa is taking a wait-and-see approach on Mark Weisman. Louis Trinca-Pasat leaned on his family during his tough early times at Iowa.
- Minnesota dumbed down its schedules because, as athletic director Norwood Teague says, it has "a lot of room to make up." Several Gophers are banged up heading into the Wisconsin game.
- Ohio State's running game has taken off, thanks in large part to the offensive line. The Buckeyes are missing their traditionally strong play at middle linebacker.
- Penn State got a commitment from a running back in the D.C. area. Bill O'Brien won't discipline Curtis Dukes for saying he wants more playing time. The football program is enjoying some normalcy, at long last.
- Danny Hope isn't pushing the panic button at Purdue. The Boilers' defense has been getting bulldozed.
- Former Nebraska offensive lineman Ryan Klachko is retiring before ever playing a game for Illinois because of concussions.
- Getting up close with Northwestern defensive lineman Tyler Scott.
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