Big Ten lunch links
September, 30, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Linking back and linking forward ...
- Tom Dienhart's Big Ten lessons from Week 5 and latest power rankings.
- Ohio State is the king of the Big Ten after its win against Wisconsin. Some good observations on Ohio State's big win. It doesn't appear that Buckeyes safety Christian Bryant can receive a medial redshirt. Braxton's back in a big way.
- Wisconsin's path back to Indianapolis for the league title game has narrowed. The open week gives the Badgers a much-needed chance to regroup.
- It's too bad the annual Ohio State-Wisconsin series will end, Bob Hunter writes.
- Iowa might be a better team than it realizes, Mike Hlas writes, and it's certainly better than advertised, Andrew Logue writes. Hawkeyes QB Jake Rudock puts the pieces together.
- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill defends his decision to stick with Philip Nelson at quarterback. Third down isn't the money down for Minnesota these days. The Gophers' lack of Big Ten experience showed up Saturday.
- The national spotlight will be on Northwestern this week. The Wildcats need to win a shootout to beat the Buckeyes. Former Northwestern coach Gary Barnett will be on hand for the game.
- Lessons from Illinois' dominant win against Miami (Ohio). Illinois shouldn't take Saturday's strong performance for granted.
- Nebraska simply must win and advance during October to set up a pivotal November, Sam McKewon writes. Huskers WR Kenny Bell deals with adversity on and off the field this fall. A new movie tells the story of Nebraska's passionate fan base.
- Purdue's mistakes are piling up with the losses this season. It will be a long climb for Darrell Hazell's Boilers. The grades for Purdue's latest setback not surprisingly aren't good. Boilers freshman QB Danny Etling shows promise in his debut but is far from satisfied.
- Mark Snyder explores whether Michigan's offense or defense is the stronger unit. The Wolverines fall in the AP poll despite not playing.
- Graham Couch explains why MSU is more than a basketball school. Despite continued issues on offense, Michigan State is improving this year. More on why Alabama pulled out of the series with MSU and other schedule notes.
- Penn State recruit Daquan Worley continues to turn heads this season. Grading the Lions after nonleague play. A look at where Penn State's transfers are now. It's a new ball game for PSU coach Bill O'Brien.
- Indiana added 19 walk-ons over the weekend.
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