Big Ten lunchtime links
October, 31, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Gimme some candy.
- Tim Beckman and Urban Meyer will put their friendship on hold for this weekend's Illinois-Ohio State game.
- Indiana in the Big Ten title game? It's not totally implausible, Andy Graham writes (subscription required). Kevin Wilson wasn't happy with the way the Hoosiers played in their first Big Ten win.
- Damon Bullock can't watch TV or play video games, but he can make a big impact for Iowa at running back. Micah Hyde had some fun talking about the Hawkeyes' quarterback situation. Kirk Ferentz isn't listening to his critics.
- Michigan isn't pointing fingers in its running back struggles but is looking for answers. Al Borges isn't too worried about Russell Bellomy's struggles at Nebraska.
- The Wisconsin win should boost Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell's confidence. Could Maxwell use his scrambling skills a bit more?
- Minnesota freshman QB Philip Nelson has formed a bond with his offensive linemen. Top Gophers receiver A.J. Barker is still nursing an ankle injury.
- The improved play of the Nebraska defense has taken some of the pressure off the offense. The Huskers are looking for more touchdowns in the end zone.
- Going undefeated in 2012 could set up a title run for Ohio State in 2013. The goal is in sight for the Buckeyes.
- Penn State is putting the Ohio State loss behind it. Elizabeth Smart praised Penn State's work on child abuse prevention.
- Purdue is getting close to being fully healthy again. Danny Hope says his team hasn't given up.
- Red-zone troubles are one of the few flaws for the Wisconsin defense. Curt Phillips will battle Danny O'Brien in practice for the Badgers starting quarterback job.
- Pat Fitzgerald and Big Ten coaches endorsed the tougher NCAA enforcement policies.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State