Big Ten lunch links
November, 16, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Deviousness? I guess two can play at that game. Just like most games.
- A mock Dr. Seuss book played a role in the transformation of Ohio State's offensive line, Pete Thamel writes. Rob Oller gives Urban Meyer an A for the season, but it might not be enough to win Big Ten Coach of the Year. After the recent scandal, Ohio State beefs up its compliance safeguards.
- Northwestern felt it had its bases covered on the Roy Roundtree catch last week.
- Penn State fans shouldn't worry about losing Bill O'Brien -- not yet, at least. Mark Wogenrich explores Penn State's second-half woes.
- After three knee surgeries, Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips is finishing strong. A hamstring issue could keep Wisconsin star linebacker Chris Borland on the sideline Saturday. Badgers receiver Jared Abbrederis takes his game to the next level.
- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has had a very good week, including the rumors about his departure. Safety P.J. Smith has become "an important piece" for Nebraska.
- Michigan State's quarterbacks coach says Andrew Maxwell gets a bad rap. After an amazing comeback at Michigan State, Arthur Ray Jr. will continue his football career elsewhere in 2013. The Spartans defensive ends need controlled aggression against Northwestern's option.
- Dave Revsine goes inside the numbers for Week 12 in the Big Ten.
- Big Ten picks from the Detroit News crew.
- Denard Robinson's status is iffy, but here's how other Michigan quarterbacks fared on senior day. Michigan hopes to rectify its student-attendance problem. The Wolverines' seniors aim for redemption against Iowa. Debating Devin Gardner vs. Denard Robinson.
- Indiana has to be more physical to record its first-ever win at Penn State.
- A good look at Matt Tobin's interesting career at Iowa. The Sea of Red likely will invade Kinnick Stadium on Black Friday.
- Illinois is scouring the juco ranks for immediate help. The Illini look for their first senior day win since 2007.
- Minnesota's banged-up offensive line is a big concern entering the Nebraska game. The Gophers know no lead is safe against the Huskers.
- Purdue's offense aims for a repeat performance at Illinois (subscription required). Paul Griggs' game-winning field goals might have settled Purdue's debate at kicker.
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