Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Big Ten lunch links
By Adam Rittenberg
- Illinois is sticking with Nathan Scheelhaase as its starting quarterback for the Big Ten opener. Illini coach Tim Beckman isn't sorry he pursued Penn State players this summer. Illinois' defense is struggling with transition.
- Penn State players and coaches haven't forgotten what the Illinois coaches did. The injury report looks better for the Lions heading into their Big Ten opener.
- With Montee Ball sidelined, Wisconsin RB James White capitalized on his opportunity. An interesting look by Adam Mertz at how Wisconsin has fared as a significant underdog.
- Ohio State will counter MSU's Le'Veon Bell with its multi-pronged rushing attack. In crunch time, QB Braxton Miller is the Buckeyes' best and likely only option for success, Bill Livingston writes. Very sad news as a former Ohio State lineman dies at 41.
- After a strong start, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez hopes his best days are yet to come. Huskers RB Rex Burkhead isn't sure whether or not he'll play with a knee brace against Wisconsin.
- USA Today's Mike Lopresti looks at Robert Marve's many life lessons learned at Purdue. Despite his inexperience, hard-working DE Greg Latta has worked his way into Purdue's line rotation.
- Northwestern hopes open weeks won't be significant advantages for its early Big Ten opponents. Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald doesn't care that his team isn't ranked.
- Iowa needs to get back on track, and it starts with the team's senior quarterback. Four games in, the Hawkeyes are still searching for their identity.
- An improved defense, quarterback resiliency and a solid run game highlight Minnesota's 4-0 start, Marc Morehouse writes. Gopher fans are reinvigorated and thinking about bowl destinations this winter.
- Larry Black Jr. and his Indiana teammates had a long time to stew after its heartbreaking loss to Ball State. The Hoosiers' Zack Shaw picks up the defensive end spot after moving over from linebacker (subscription required).
- BTN.com's Tom Dienhart still forecasts two Big Ten teams in BCS bowls.
- Michigan State's best receiving option is a tight end (Dion Sims). The Spartans pick up another recruit from Detroit's Cass Tech High School.
- Despite a disappointing start, Michigan still can win the mediocre Big Ten, Kyle Meinke writes. An open week comes at a good time for the Wolverines.