Big Ten lunchtime links: Bradley deserves a shot at Penn State
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I'll be on the Big Ten coaches' conference call for the next bit, so check back later for news updates.
For now, here's your daily diet of links.
- Tempers are running short in Champaign right now, but quarterback Juice Williams advises Illinois fans to back away from the ledge, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Penn State shouldn't look too far to find Joe Paterno's successor. He serves as the team's defensive coordinator, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Iowa hasn't met expectations the last three seasons, but the Hawkeyes have had their way with Illinois, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Despite watching Purdue drop its fifth straight game last Saturday, Lawrence Taylor's son Brandon made a verbal commitment to the school, Tom Kubat writes in The Journal and Courier.
- Ohio State's problems on offense can be traced to an overly ambitious plan with too much experimenting and not enough commitment, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
"It has long appeared that the Buckeyes try to be too much the chameleon on offense, which can lead to predictability because only a few plays are run out of each formation. After all, there are only so many plays a team can practice.
"They've shown the I formation, the broken I, the one-back, the shotgun, the pistol and variations on those themes. Sometimes they've got one wide receiver on the field in a two tight-end power formation; sometimes they've had five receivers on the field in a shotgun spread. Sometimes they've got combinations."
- Youth is no longer an excuse for Michigan, and Rich Rodriguez wants his team to become mentally tougher, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State