Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 18, 2013
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.
- Bo Pelini says he "has an idea" who leaked the audio of his 2011 profanity-laced tirade and hints that he might have something to say about it later today. Fan reaction to the Pelini tape has been swift, but his bosses are deliberating over their next move. Taylor Martinez's turf toe puts his status for Saturday in doubt. It's time for Nebraska and Pelini to part ways, Teddy Greenstein writes. Pelini has an uphill battle with Huskers fans, Lars Anderson writes.
- Jerry Kill sidestepped questions about his own health but did say that quarterback Philip Nelson is questionable this weekend. Kill is an inspiration for kids with epilepsy. A deep-pocketed Gophers booster says he's tapped out on donating to the school.
- Michigan State is starting to figure out its lineup heading into the Notre Dame game. Punter Mike Sadler has been hearing it from teammates after he was voted one of the hottest college football players by Seventeen magazine. The "Go Blue" skywriting stunt led to a flood of donations for a cancer group. Connor Cook is confident heading into the showdown with the Irish.
- Al Borges said the Akron game tape showed "some really nice-looking plays surrounded by garbage." Greg Mattison takes the blame for Michigan's poor pass rush and vows to fix it. Blake Countess is regaining his swagger at cornerback.
- The ground-and-pound approach is paying off for Iowa. Happy days are back for the Hawkeyes -- for now. The Iowa fullbacks took center stage on Tuesday.
- The New York Times takes a look at Northwestern's napping. Can the Wildcats average 40,000 fans at home this season? They haven't done it in 15 years. A breakdown of the Northwestern offense.
- Future possible routes for Indiana's Nick Stoner include track and field, the seminary or law school. Another Nick for the Hoosiers, Nick Mangieri, is becoming a force at defensive end for the Hoosiers (subscription required). No wonder Nick's is so popular in Bloomington.
- A defensive tackle committed to Wisconsin is visiting Bret Bielema and Arkansas. The Badgers' past 11 losses have all come by a touchdown or less. Darrell Hazell and Gary Andersen took similar paths.
- Purdue, which has given up 831 rushing yards in the past two meetings with Wisconsin, will have to find a way to stop the Badgers' running game. The game in Madison will be a homecoming for Boilers tight end Justin Sinz.
- The numbers aren't there early on for Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes. Slumping Nittany Lions ticket sales have not hurt the State College economy on gamedays. Bill O'Brien says "thud" tackling is not to blame for the defensive struggles. O'Brien is not a fan of "Spacebook" (but does he use Tweeter?).
- Urban Meyer is more annoyed at the big plays given up by his defense than the missed tackles. Guiton-to-Smith is a historic Ohio State combo. The Buckeyes are the biggest favorites they've ever been this week vs. Florida A&M. Meyer responded to a toddler's recruiting leaflet.
- Illinois wants to return to Soldier Field for more games but faces some obstacles. Grading the Illini at the quarter pole.