Big Ten lunchtime links
November, 21, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
The only expansion I want to hear about tomorrow is the expansion of my belly.
- The Big Ten has been honest in admitting this expansion is all about demographics and not football quality, Dan Wetzel writes. The league went too far in compromising its product, Stewart Mandel says.
- Rutgers is celebrating this move, while the Big Ten hopes the school can deliver more than just TV sets. The Scarlet Knights are getting into bed with a slithery fellow in Jim Delany, Dave D'Allesandro writes in the Star-Ledger.
- You know who really likes the Big Ten expansion moves? Fox executives. TV is dominating these expansion decisions, Dennis Dodd says.
- It's been a rough year for Illinois, but beating Northwestern would make for a fun finish.
- Indiana starts to look forward as it season comes to an end (subscription required).
- Iowa players believe that student-athletes should benefit from the extra cash generated by expansion. The Hawkeyes defense must face another potent QB this week.
- Denard Robinson is still experiencing some numbness in his hand but is ready to play at Ohio State. Greg Mattison didn't elaborate much on his history against Urban Meyer.
- Mark Dantonio says the Michigan State offense much change with the times. Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi should be getting some more head coaching offers this offseason.
- Minnesota players say the A.J. Barker controversy will not be a distraction this week. MarQueis Gray feels at home again playing some quarterback in goal-line packages.
- Taylor Martinez has taken complete command of the Nebraska offense. There could be a red storm invading Kinnick Stadium.
- Dean Lowry is making an impact on defense for Northwestern as a freshman.
- Braxton Miller's Heisman hopes could rest on how he plays against Michigan. The Buckeyes' seniors stuck together despite the bowl ban.
- Purdue is riding some late-season momentum toward a possible bowl bid.
- Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris expects a very emotional senior day. Tight end Garry Gilliam has taken a tough road toward success.
- A flexible approach has led to strong third-down results for Wisconsin's defense. Right tackle Rob Havenstein's status is uncertain for the Penn State game.