Big Ten's lunch links
December, 12, 2013
By Austin Ward | ESPNChicago.com
Where did all the football go?
- Urban Meyer senses an improved mood for Ohio State as it turns the page to the Discover Orange Bowl, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had high praise for his upcoming opponent.
- With another season in the books, the conversation at Penn State will shift to Bill O'Brien's future with the program, as likely suitors again line up for his services.
- Taylor Lewan has no regrets about returning to Michigan for another season, and he doesn't believe his draft stock has changed since last year.
- Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi spurned an offer to take over at UConn, and now his full attention is on getting the Spartans ready for a bowl game.
- Early in the season, Nebraska was desperately searching for a field general on defense. It appears to have found one in middle linebacker Michael Rose.
- After getting benched late in a loss to Penn State to end the regular season, Wisconsin tackle Tyler Marz is looking for redemption.
- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said Rutgers' transition into the league is going smoothly at every level.
- Controversy won't be going away when college football shifts to a playoff, with Tom Osborne joking that the selection committee will succeed if it doesn't "get lynched."
- Cody Webster is rubbing elbows with the nation's best football players, and the Purdue punter is thinking about asking to snap a picture with Johnny Manziel.
- Silver Football candidate Braxton Miller had everything change for him when he was almost sent to the bench in October. Now he's on the brink of a historic accomplishment.
TOP 25 SCOREBOARD
4:00 PM ET Western Carolina 1 Alabama 4:30 PM ET Colorado 2 Oregon 3:30 PM ET Boston College 3 Florida State 7:30 PM ET Vanderbilt 4 Mississippi State 12:00 PM ET Indiana 6 Ohio State 7:30 PM ET Oklahoma State 7 Baylor 3:30 PM ET 8 Ole Miss Arkansas 8:00 PM ET 19 USC 9 UCLA 12:00 PM ET Charleston Southern 10 Georgia 12:00 PM ET Rutgers 11 Michigan State 1:00 PM ET Washington State 13 Arizona State 7:00 PM ET Samford 14 Auburn 3:30 PM ET 15 Arizona 17 Utah 3:30 PM ET 16 Wisconsin Iowa 7:30 PM ET 20 Missouri Tennessee 12:00 PM ET Kansas 21 Oklahoma 3:30 PM ET Georgia State 22 Clemson 12:00 PM ET 25 Minnesota 23 Nebraska 3:30 PM ET 24 Louisville Notre Dame