Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 20, 2013
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com
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- Tight end Jeff Heuerman isn't making a big impact on the stat sheet, but he's finding plenty of other ways to contribute for the Buckeyes. As Ohio State prepares to take on Florida A&M, Zach Meisel takes a look back at the tale of former A&M coach/OSU alum Rudy Hubbard and his "unbreakable bond" with Woody Hayes.
- Northwestern players are wearing sensors to analyze sleep patterns in the hope that it can improve their performances. Maine already knocked off one FBS team in UMass, and the Wildcats are looking to avoid the recent FCS upset trend.
- Michigan's narrow win against Akron isn't the first time it struggled against a clearly inferior opponent, so Josh Slagter takes a look other times that's happened along with how those seasons turned out. Turnovers have defined Brady Hoke's woes on the road, and the head coach isn't quite sure why.
- In position-by-position matchups, Notre Dame appears to have the edge over Michigan State. The Irish-Spartans rivalry may be a good one, but its future remains murky.
- Penn State cornerbacks Jordan Lucas and Trevor Williams are hoping to bounce back after last week's loss to UCF. Audrey Snyder continues her series on Beaver Stadium's attendance woes by looking at the gameday experience.
- Taylor Martinez is "doubtful" for Saturday with a turf toe injury, which means redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong will likely start for the Cornhuskers. Defensive end Avery Moss knows he needs to work on finishing tackles and sacks but, once he does, he could be something special.
- Iowa is adapting to slow student ticket sales, as it sold less than 7,500 of its 10,400 allotment. Brandon Fitz breaks down the Hawkeyes' next opponent in Western Michigan.
- Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave noticed similarities between the defenses of Arizona State and Purdue. Freshman cornerback Sojourn Shelton wants to move on after last week, when he was called for holding and pass interference twice.
- Mike Carmin writes that history isn't on Purdue's side when it takes on the Badgers, as the Boilermakers have dropped seven in a row to the B1G opponent. Purdue really only has the edge in special teams when it comes to position-by-position matchups.
- Some Indiana trash talk has fired up Missouri's secondary, which is in for a tough test. Robby Howard writes in Indiana's student newspaper that the Hoosiers have a shot against the SEC opponent.
- With the bye week, Illinois' staff is focused on recruiting and Tim Beckman said after a 2-1 start that now's the time to "look for players that you might not have been looking at." One of the most recent recruits to receive an Illinois offer was 2015 prospect Marquise Doherty, who could play safety or tailback.
- Mitch Leidner will start Saturday since Philip Nelson is injured, and the quarterback can certainly run -- although that tendency is a bit risky. The secondary will square off against a San Jose State quarterback with NFL potential.
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