Big Ten lunchtime links
April, 29, 2013
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
So if the Big Ten East is the "Big Boy Division," does that make the West the "Andre 3000 Division?"
- The East-West split has pluses and minuses, Lee Barfknecht writes.
- The NFL draft was a slow one both for Ohio State and the Big Ten in general. Gene Smith talks night games at Ohio Stadium, the new league alignment and more in this piece. Braxton Miller is just scratching the surface.
- There's no clarity yet in the Iowa quarterback race. The Hawkeyes would love to see the Carl Davis who showed up in the spring game this fall. Micah Hyde's versatility will give him a shot with the Green Bay Packers.
- The good and the bad for Wisconsin with the division alignment. Montee Ball ended up on his favorite team: the Broncos. James White eyes his path to the NFL.
- Michigan AD Dave Brandon says the new division alignment was a result of compromise. Taylor Lewan's 2013 draft outlook is sunny. The Detroit Lions should have taken Denard Robinson, Drew Sharp writes.
- What the new Big Ten means for Michigan State. A transfer from Penn gives the Spartans some depth at tailback. William Gholston and Dion Sims were fourth rounders, but Johnny Adams went undrafted.
- The West Division should be best for Minnesota. The Little Brown Jug got no respect.
- Bo Pelini hopes Nebraska's defensive line recruiting pays off quickly. Two draftees is too few for the Huskers. Rex Burkhead is eager to prove himself with the Bengals.
- Northwestern got shut out in the draft, but Pat Fitzgerald keeps it in perspective. The Wildcats will have to make some schedule changes in 2016.
- Illinois had twice as many draft picks as 2012 wins. Akeem Spence made the right choice to leave early.
- Indiana is fine playing in the "Big Boy Division." The Hoosiers aren't complaining.
- The Big Ten nine-game schedule will affect Purdue-Notre Dame. Some Boilers signed free-agent deals.
- Examining the draft potential of Penn State's "Supa Six." Christian Hackenberg has star potential. The Ireland game is still in flux for the Nittany Lions.