Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Big Ten lunchtime links
By Brian Bennett
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- Kirk Ferentz's insistence on sticking with James Vandenberg probably says more about the unpreparedness of the backups, Pat Harty writes. Vandenberg's sister took up for him when fans booed this weekend, but Vandenberg says the criticism doesn't bother him.
- Penn State might be better off that Urban Meyer did not become its coach, Cory Giger writes. Michael Mauti is still speaking his mind. Christian Hackenberg tells colleague Josh Moyer that he can't wait to play in the Nittany Lions' offense.
- Like Ohio State, Penn State uses a no-huddle offense, but it doesn't rip off as many big plays. Speaking of big plays, the OSU defense is still giving up too many. Meyer doesn't want to jinx the health of the thin Buckeyes' offensive line.
- Michigan used a very conservative offensive game plan against Michigan State, and it worked -- barely. The Wolverines' defense is charting the same course as last season, and might even be a little better.
- Critics of Michigan State offensive coordinator Dan Roushar are going too far, Graham Couch writes. A healthier Dion Sims could help the sputtering Spartans offense.
- Nebraska says Michigan's defense likes to throw a lot of curveballs. The Huskers hope Saturday's rally at Northwestern was the start of some major momentum for the offense. The Wisconsin receivers are making some progress. Badgers cornerback Devin Smith is at the top of his game.
- Akeem Hunt has filled in quite nicely for Raheem Mostert on Purdue's kick returns. The Boilers are looking for a fresh start.
- Breaking down Northwestern-Iowa by the numbers.
- Illinois had several issues to address during its bye week.
- Indiana has gotten to the point where it's one play away from winning (subscription required).
- Minnesota just wants to get to a bowl, any bowl. Freshman quarterback Philip Nelson has the whole playbook at his disposal.