Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 11, 2013
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
- Tim Beckman, a former Oklahoma State assistant, said he was shocked by the Sports Illustrated allegations about the Cowboys program. There is optimism now around Illinois.
- Indiana freshmen are getting acclimated on defense. Hoosiers cornerback Tim Bennett plays bigger than his size (subscription required).
- Dropped passes have stung Iowa. Videos from the Hawkeyes media session. The Cy-Hawk game usually fizzles rather than sizzles, Pat Harty writes.
- Michigan's Kyle Kalis got some advice from his hero. Greg Mattison and Brady Hoke want better play from their defensive line. The young Wolverines defense is learning fast.
- Joe Rexrode predicts Damion Terry will be starting at QB for Michigan State by October. Delton Williams and Gerald Holmes are likely to redshirt for the Spartans, while DeAnthony Arnett has tumbled down the depth chart. Mark Dantonio's desperation is evident in his quarterback decisions, Graham Couch writes.
- Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson is trying to balance the risk and reward of running the ball. Gophers corner Briean Boddy-Calhoun is lost for the season with an ACL. Receiver Logan Hutton earned his first start because of his blocking.
- Urban Meyer is looking for more yards out of Philly Brown. One day changed everything for Ohio State backup QB Kenny Guiton. The Buckeyes will have to deal with Cal's spread offense.
- Nebraska's offense is looking to finish vs. UCLA. Zaire Anderson is likely to get an expanded role against the Bruins. Third down defense will be large for the Huskers.
- The frenzy around Northwestern football is deserved and earned, Rick Telander writes. Some Wildcats practice notes.
- Penn State season tickets are down, but the STEP program is being called a success. Ralph Friedgen knows Bill O'Brien and UCF coach George O'Leary better than anybody, and he talks about both of them to David Jones. The Nittany Lions' pass-catchers outside of Allen Robinson are sorting themselves out.
- Purdue's MVP so far might be Cody Webster, who's leading the nation in punting. Anthony Brown is likely to take injured safety Landon Feichter's spot. Darrell Hazell is looking for more touchdowns.
- Wisconsin's running game looks pretty much the same with a new coaching staff. Linebacker Chris Borland leads by example. Injured fullback Derek Watt hopes to play at Arizona State.