Thursday, September 13, 2012
Big Ten lunch links
By Adam Rittenberg
Gearing up for a slightly big night in Chicago sports (Bears-Pack, Sale-Verlander).
- Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez supports Bret Bielema's decision to dump his offensive line coach after only two games. Montee Ball isn't getting down despite the Badgers' early struggles.
- Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell has lived by the motto, "It's hard, but it's fair." The Spartans haven't allowed an offensive touchdown, but defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is far from pleased.
- Ohio State soon will regain the services of its top back Jordan Hall, perhaps even Saturday against Cal. Some battles to watch Saturday between the Buckeyes and Bears.
- Some really interesting Big Ten numbers from Dave Revsine, while Tom Dienhart explores Week 3 questions in the Big Ten.
- Notre Dame's move to the ACC could impact its Big Ten rivalries. Purdue fully expects to continue its annual series with Notre Dame. Although I disagree with Rob Oller, check out his take on how Notre Dame snubbed the Big Ten again.
- It looks like LB David Santos' time has arrived for Nebraska's defense. The Big Ten still remains the best option for Nebraska, Tom Shatel writes.
- The Navy game has a special significance for Penn State FB P.J. Byers. Lions starting LT Donovan Smith isn't practicing and other injury news. Penn State writers/bloggers debate whether kicker Sam Ficken can rebound this week.
- Despite pleading guilty to a felony, Frank Clark's status won't change with Michigan.The Wolverines' competition to replace Blake Countess at cornerback continues. Michigan's parade of freshmen to the field likely will stop.
- Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray doesn't shy away from contact during games. Gray's connection with TE John Rabe is producing points in bunches.
- The BTN.com guys debate whether Wisconsin or Nebraska has the most urgency in Week 3.
- Time will tell if Purdue's quarterback rotation clicks or collapses.
- Check out the uniforms Iowa will wear for its Veteran's Day game (Purdue). Iowa safety Tanner Miller nearly ended up playing for the team he'll face Saturday. Bob Stoops recalls his days roughing it at Iowa.
- Believe it or not, you will learn something about Illinois on Saturday. The Illini need a dominant performance against Charleston Southern, Mark Tupper writes.
- Indiana has plenty of faith in its new starting quarterback (subscription required).
- Northwestern K Jeff Budzien bulks up and extends his range. Some interesting Northwestern notes from Lisa Byington's blog.