Thursday, September 1, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By Adam Rittenberg
Tonight, it begins.
Madison, Wis., weather: Clear skies, temperatures between 79-88 degrees, winds at 9-10 mph
Let's get linky:
- Wisconsin welcomes the national hype, Jim Polzin writes, and no player faces higher expectations than QB Russell Wilson, Tom Oates writes. Most predictions forecast Wisconsin crushing UNLV tonight.
- The Big Ten head coaches have a defensive tone about them, Doug Lesmerises writes in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.
- Former Nebraska QB Eric Crouch understands the pressure Taylor Martinez faces in Lincoln, Tom Shatel writes in the Omaha World-Herald. The Huskers' Jason Ankrah translates a strong offseason into a starting defensive end spot, Brian Rosenthal writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is ahead of where his predecessor was at this point in his career, Lesmerises writes.
- Penn State's offensive line still must prove its toughness to JoePa, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Former Nittany Lion Adam Taliaferro is running for office.
- Brady Hoke looks like a perfect match for Michigan, but now he has to win games, Mitch Albom writes in the Detroit Free Press. According to one writer, Western Michigan's Alex Carder is the best college quarterback in the state.
- Iowa's James Vandenberg prepares for his first full year as the starting QB, Steve Batterson writes. Three Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis in January have quit the team.
- Northwestern QB Kain Colter is a fighter, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
- A lot of good Michigan State preview content here. The Spartans offensive line puts its best five forward, George Sipple writes in the Detroit Free Press. Kirk Cousins talks a good game and plays one, too, Brian Hamilton writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Although Rob Henry is out and Robert Marve is hobbled, Purdue will stick with a 2-quarterback system. Purdue's defensive ends must fill a major void this fall, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Illinois has some holes to fill on defense, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- There are a bunch of unknowns around Indiana entering the season opener, Bob Kravitz writes in the Indianapolis Star. The Hoosiers will be without RB Darius Willis on Saturday night, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Minnesota's offense is an "amoeba," according to coordinator Matt Limegrover, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart previews Week 1 in the Big Ten.