Big Ten lunchtime links
December, 3, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Congrats to Iowa, the only Big Ten team to beat a BCS bowl team in the 2012 nonconference season.
- Bob Asmussen takes a look at what went wrong for Illinois in 2012, even though a list of what went right would have been a whole lot shorter. Tim Beckman is just the latest in a line of struggling Illini coaches.
- Indiana added a linebacker from Florida (subscription required).
- Iowa is pondering whether to continue playing Nebraska on Black Friday.
- Michigan already has a bowl victory -- edging out Northwestern for a spot in the Outback Bowl. Taylor Lewan says he'll be healthy heading into his Outback showdown against Jadeveon Clowney.
- Michigan State will look to end on a positive note versus TCU. Could the Spartans' future plans include a dual-threat quarterback?
- Minnesota lobbied for the Meineke Car Care Bowl and got its wish. Now the Gophers get Texas Tech, which brings back some memories.
- Nebraska is stuck in the middle with Bo, Dirk Chatelain writes. Pelini has earned the benefit of the doubt, Steven M. Sipple writes.
- Northwestern says it's not disappointed to end up in the Gator Bowl.
- Former Ohio State coach John Cooper was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Twelve reasons why the Buckeyes went undefeated.
- A list of factors that will go into shaping Penn State's future identity. The recruiting wars for Nittany Lions players have returned.
- Purdue will have to compete with Colorado (and Cincinnati) for Butch Jones. The Boilers' defense will be severely tested by Oklahoma State.
- Few saw a Wisconsin-Stanford Rose Bowl coming. There are a lot of high grades on the Badgers' Big Ten championship game report card.
- The Big Ten will likely continue to look to the southeast, Bryce Miller writes.
- Was the Big Ten really way down this year?