Big Ten's lunch links
- The Rose Bowl produced some new selling points for Michigan State on the recruiting front. The Spartans still wait for word from Malik McDowell, but they did sign two other defensive ends.
- Minnesota is working hard to try and keep ESPN's No. 1 prospect for 2015 at home.
- Star rankings are an inexact science, Sam McKewon writes, and not necessarily a good gauge for Nebraska's new class. Bo Pelini's respect for the SEC can be seen in his recruiting blueprint.
- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon talked about his soon-to-be new boss and the job he has done in Ann Arbor. Brady Hoke says five or six true freshmen could play right away.
- Looking at the top-10 targets in the Class of 2015 for Ohio State.
- Purdue hopes its new recruits bring a winning attitude to the program.
- Gary Andersen plans some position changes on Wisconsin's defense.
- Former Illinois coach Ron Zook is ready for a new challenge with the Green Bay Packers.
- Twenty Penn State players remain from the Joe Paterno era.
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Powers is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997. He joined ESPNChicago in May 2009 and lives in Chicago.
Rittenberg joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four years at the Daily Herald, where he covered sports at Notre Dame, Northwestern, DePaul and several other colleges. He lives in Chicago and writes for the Big Ten blog.
Bennett joined ESPN.com in August 2008 after nine years at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where he covered college sports and the University of Louisville beat. He lives in Louisville and writes for the Big Ten blog.
Fortuna joined ESPN.com in 2011 after working for MLB.com and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where he covered college sports. He grew up in New York and is a Penn State graduate. Fortuna's Notre Dame blog is here.
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