Big Ten lunch links
September, 9, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
I think the Bengals defense just called another timeout. Sorry, couldn't resist #bears.
To the links ...
To the links ...
- Plenty of columns about Michigan's big win against Notre Dame, so check out Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel, George Schroeder, Dennis Dodd, Bob Wojnowski and Drew Sharp. The Wolverines are far from a finished product. Five lessons from Michigan's win.
- Tom Dienhart recaps Week 2 in the Big Ten and updates his B1G power rankings.
- Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald looks like a lifer, but things could change if the Texas and USC jobs open. The Wildcats open up their pass game to rout Syracuse. Wildcats WR Tony Jones is focused on being more of a speed threat.
- It's up to coach Mark Dantonio to fix Michigan State's quarterback mess, Joe Rexrode writes. Dantonio should be embarrassed by the QB situation, Terry Foster writes. The Spartans' offensive line got some good news as recruit Nick Padla committed.
- Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck must open up the playbook against UCLA, Sam McKewon writes. Passing out grades for the Huskers' easy win against Southern Miss. After a blunt post-spring assessment from the coaches, Nebraska CB Stanley Jean Baptiste stepped up his play.
- Invisible for much of last season, Illinois' receivers are stepping up so far in 2013. The Illini are finally getting results, Bob Asmussen writes.
- The Buckeye Breakfast gets you ready for Ohio State's trip to Cal. Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz like the timing of Ohio State's trip out West. Buckeyes CB Bradley Roby realized what he was missing when he returned to the field Saturday. Braxton Miller's Heisman Trophy chances are hurting, along with his knee.
- Penn State once again looks strong on defense. Akeel Lynch could transform the Penn State run game. Bill O'Brien probably benefited from not following George O'Leary to Notre Dame.
- Wisconsin is ready to move up in class. It has all gone the Badgers' way in the first two weeks, Tom Oates writes. The Badgers dip into the Sunshine State for a defensive line recruit.
- Michigan's student tickets have become the most expensive in the FBS. An excellent look at the national student-ticket breakdown from The Michigan Daily.
- Minnesota learned about its depth and discipline in another easy victory. Quarterback Philip Nelson has become a bigger rushing threat this season. The Gophers' defense still must improve against the pass.
- Iowa played power ball in its win against Missouri State. The Hawkeyes' offense is still too predictable, Andrew Logue writes. There's very little buzz surrounding this year's Iowa-Iowa State game, Mike Hlas writes.
- Four points from Purdue's underwhelming win against Indiana State. The Boilers were unimpressive in victory. Kyle Charters passes out grades for Purdue in Week 2.
- Whether or not he's the starter, Nate Sudfeld is clearly Indiana's No. 1 quarterback, Pete DiPrimio writes. It's the same story for the Hoosiers' defense, which has a lot to improve.