Big Ten lunchtime links
April, 15, 2013
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
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- Not surprisingly, former Michigan State commit Drake Harris gave his pledge to Michigan. The Wolverines figure to be more athletic with its defensive front four. Defensive end Frank Clark said his arrest last year was a turning point in his life.
- Another Bullough -- this time, Riley -- is impressing at Michigan State as a running back. Spartans receiver Keith Mumphrey says he cried after some of last year's losses. Darqueze Dennard played through a sports hernia during his outstanding 2012 season.
- About 8,000 fans checked out an Iowa spring practice in Des Moines. Andrew Logue thinks Jake Rudock has a leg up in the Hawkeyes' QB race. Playing Mr. Optimist and Mr. Pessimist on Iowa's outlook.
- Penn State landed a wide receiver recruit. Bill O'Brien is beating the system with his wave of tight ends. Nittany Lions offensive linemen are confident about their progress. Michael Mauti is used to coming back from adversity.
- Bo Pelini has made Nebraska proud in many areas -- now, if he can just fix the defense. The Huskers' stadium turf will live to see another year.
- The most important part of Ohio State's spring game was the location, Bob Hunter writes. Five takeaways from the Buckeyes' spring game. Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence look ready to ring a lot of bells in the Big Ten. Ohio State's title hopes rest on Braxton Miller.
- Defensive tackle Michael Rouse III got to live out a fantasy by intercepting a pass in Purdue's spring game. Akeem Hunt showed off his speed and power.
- Wisconsin is taking an aggressive approach with its defense. Gary Andersen wants to see improvement from the Badgers' passing game.
- Some highs and lows from Illinois' spring game. The Illini passed the early eye test.
- Questions remain unanswered about the Indiana defense. Tre Roberson's return was a highlight of the Hoosiers' spring game.
- Minnesota is looking for some wide receivers to emerge. The Gophers showed some toughness in Friday night's scrimmage. Mitch Leidner showed off in the scrimmage.
- Despite a slew of injuries, Northwestern looked deeper this spring. The Wildcats wrapped up their spring practice without a lot of fanfare.
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