Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 4, 2013
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
We've come this far, for us. What's one more?
- Purdue coach Darrell Hazell says he's encouraged despite his team's opening performance. Rob Henry is eager to make amends for his play at Cincinnati.
- Indiana's Shane Wynn -- who's back at practice after taking a scary hit -- gets his inspiration from doubters. Kevin Wilson is ready to get the Navy game over with (subscription required).
- Minnesota and Philip Nelson found a lot of mistakes from their opener that need to be corrected. A Minnesota native took a long road to play at New Mexico State, the Gophers' opponent this week.
- Wisconsin guard Ryan Groy was a pro at pulling in the opener. Melvin Gordon and James White showed they can run between the tackles. Reviewing the Badgers' defensive showing vs. UMass.
- Some Iowa injury and personnel notes. The Hawkeyes are still looking for their first sack of the season. AIRBHG follows Mika'il McCall to Southern Illinois.
- Bob Flounders discusses the Penn State running game in this mailbag. Defensive tackle DaQuan Jones made a big impact in the opener. Bill O'Brien focuses on the positives from the Week 1 win.
- Illinois dismissed running back Dami Ayoola. The Cincinnati game offers a reunion of sorts for Illini athletic director Mike Thomas. The Illinois running game is stuck in neutral.
- Pat Fitzgerald says he expects quarterback Kain Colter (concussion) to play versus Syracuse. Northwestern has come a long way.
- Freshman linebackers Josh Banderas and Nate Gerry played in crunch time for Nebraska. Footwork drills have paid off for Huskers receivers.
- Michigan got a huge donation from Stephen Ross. Safety Thomas Gordon wants to atone for his one-game suspension this week vs. Notre Dame. Freshman tailback Derrick Green "grew a little bit" in his Week 1 debut. Devin Gardner made a rapid development at quarterback.
- Michigan State's tailback situation is still unsettled. South Florida might be just what the Spartans' offense needs. One week into the season, Mark Dantonio is already shielding players from the media.
- Urban Meyer is putting extra emphasis on Ohio State's special teams play. Jordan Hall remains the Buckeyes' starting running back. Safety Christian Bryant is growing into his role as a leader.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38
Final Penn State 26 UCF 24 Final Youngstown State 17 Illinois 28 Final Indiana State 10 Indiana 28 Final Northern Iowa 23 Iowa 31 Final Appalachian State 14 Michigan 52 Final 5 Ohio State 34 Navy 17 Final Western Michigan 34 Purdue 43 Final Florida Atlantic 7 22 Nebraska 55 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final James Madison 7 Maryland 52 Final 14 Wisconsin 24 13 LSU 28