Big Ten lunchtime links
- More reaction to the NCAA's decision to lower Penn State's sanctions here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Jack Ham says to watch out for Bill O'Brien once he's on an even footing.
- Joel Stave's sister has been dealing with a serious neck injury, but the Wisconsin quarterback said that has nothing to do with how he's played. The Badgers' front seven has been a formidable group. Injuries could adjust Gary Andersen's game plan for Saturday night.
- Ohio State knows what it's going to see from Wisconsin: lots of power. The Badgers have star running backs, but Urban Meyer is quite happy with his own tailback stable. Joey Bosa has made a quick impression for the Buckeyes.
- Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley has shown that he's a quick and decisive guy. Cornerback B.J. Lowery loves to play Monopoly. The Minnesota game should feature some old-school football.
- Mitch Leidner is in line for his second straight start at QB for this weekend's Iowa game. A look at Leidner's journey to this point. Limiting turnovers and penalties has been a big key to Minnesota's early success.
- For Purdue's offense to make progress, it must start up front. A depleted Boilermakers secondary must hold its own against Jordan Lynch. Rob Henry is on the quarterback hot seat.
- Steve Hull has enjoyed his move to receiver for Illinois after a series of injuries and an unwanted turn on defense. The Illini defense has a chance to get well against a sickly Miami (Ohio) offense.
- Pat Fitzgerald says Kain Colter's public support of APU in the Maine game was "a teachable moment." Venric Mark appears on target for Ohio State next week.
- Nebraska is taking it slow with Taylor Martinez's turf toe. Stanley Jean-Baptiste is looking for six after every interception (he's got four).
- Michigan State can win with Connor Cook, but the Spartans need to figure out the disconnect on pass interference calls, Graham Couch writes. Mylan Hicks is moving to linebacker to help depth there after Jairus Jones' knee injury. The Spartans' offensive line was a bright spot against Notre Dame.
- A bye week gives Michigan's offensive line some time to make much-needed improvements. Jake Ryan will practice some during the bye but is not expected to be ready for the Big Ten opener. The Wolverines won't apologize for being 4-0.
- The bye week comes at a good time for Indiana (subscription required).
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