Big Ten lunch links
October, 18, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
I wouldn't be surprised if I got slow-clapped out of my first class.
- Brady Hoke says he and Mark Dantonio have some similarities. Michigan's athletic director downplays talk that Wolverines fans don't respect Michigan State. The Spartans have grudgingly earned Michigan's respect over time.
- Michigan State assistant Pat Narduzzi says officials need to take control of Saturday's game. Michigan hopes to buckle down against the Spartans' rushing attack.
- Ohio State players weigh in on the Big Ten's football struggles, the league's rise in basketball and the need to "step it up." Urban Meyer is seeing more fight from the Buckeyes defense.
- Nebraska assistant Rick Kaczenski has faith in defensive scheme. Huskers WR Kenny Bell will reunite with his good friend Kain Colter at Northwestern.
- Despite two stout defenses, the Penn State-Iowa game will be an offensive shootout, at least according to Lions QB Matt McGloin. Freshman TE Kyle Carter continues to stand out for Penn State. The latest on the Lions' running backs from assistant Charles London.
- The Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine goes inside the numbers for Week 8.
- Iowa is determined to push through its latest running back issue. Greg Castillo's Iowa teammates react to the firing of Castillo's father, Juan, as Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator.
- Northwestern has found a T-Magic replica to prepare for Saturday's game. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart checks in with Northwestern CB Nick VanHoose.
- Melvin Gordon's practice habits are holding him back at Wisconsin. Badgers LB Ethan Armstrong (knee) expects to play against Minnesota.
- Indiana prepares for Navy's wishbone offense, while Andy Graham writes the time for winning at IU is here. (subscription required). The Hoosiers look for a breakthrough W.
- Safety Landon Feichter steps up for Purdue's defense this season. Freshman Danny Anthrop makes his mark for Purdue on special teams.