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.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
4:50 4th Qtr Nebraska 42 24 USC 45 Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
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