Big Ten lunchtime links
September, 6, 2013
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com
Today marks Fight Procrastination Day, but I'm busy ... so I'll probably celebrate tomorrow.
- Josh Slagter takes a look back at past Michigan quarterbacks' first starts against Notre Dame, and it's been kind of a mixed bag. And, true rivalry game or not, this contest is full of emotion for the Wolverines.
- Call him a perfectionist, but Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon is never finished studying his craft. Several true freshmen could play for the Badgers this season, including fullback Austin Ramesh, who should play Saturday.
- Safety Christian Bryant was the only returning defensive starter on the field for a good portion last week, and he's won over Ohio State's staff with his leadership and maturity. Ohio State appears ready to make a "second-game leap" against San Diego State.
- Penn State DT DaQuan Jones made a big splash in Week 1, but he's focused on Eastern Michigan. With the injuries to the tight ends, fullback Pat Zerbe might also hear his number called more Saturday.
- Thursday was Nebraska's best practice of the week, and Bo Pelini is looking forward to putting it to the test Saturday. Zach Tegler writes that Cornhuskers fans should stop leaving the stadium early.
- Michigan State is remaining mum on who will be its starting quarterback this week and believes the evaluation process needs to continue. OL Blake Treadwell is looking to build off his impressive performance. Said one teammate: "Blake's a monster."
- Iowa's defense gave up eight plays of 15 or more yards last week, and stopping the big play will remain a tall task for the secondary. After a "demoralizing" loss to Northern Illinois, Iowa is hoping to restart its season against an FCS opponent.
- Mike Carmin breaks down the Purdue-Indiana State matchups and, unsurprisingly, the Boilermakers have the advantage ... well ... everywhere. Head coach Darrell Hazell is working on changing the mindset of his players.
- A roundtable of Illinois experts discusses the most important player in this weekend's matchup against Cincinnati, and Donovonn Young is a popular choice. Eliot Sill writes that the Illini are hoping to avoid a Purdue-like fate against the Bearcats.
- Expect another high-scoring Indiana victory and a change in fortunes from last year's Navy game, The Crimson Quarry writes. The Midshipmen are adding more of a spread to their triple-option offense (subscription required).
- Former Minnesota athletic director -- and current New Mexico State AD -- McKinley Boston believes his team can upset the Golden Gophers. There's quite a few players on this week's injury report, and tailback Donnell Kirkwood is questionable.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State