Big Ten lunch links
December, 23, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
I was preparing a snide remark about the Lions being the Lions. And then the Bears decided to be the Bears. Woe is the NFC North.
- Minnesota's solid season has already raised the bar for 2014. Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen wants to join his older brother in the NFL.
- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is very content after winning his first Big Ten title, Joe Rexrode writes.
- Iowa adds a one-time Rutgers quarterback recruit to its 2014 class.
- Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon overcame plenty of obstacles to become a star, Mark Snyder writes. Wolverines tackle Taylor Lewan has no regrets about playing this season.
- Ohio State tackle Jack Mewhort provides Todd Jones with a week-by-week look at the physical grind offensive linemen go through in a season.
- Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. can make a statement about next season with a strong bowl performance. Steven M. Sipple still urges patience with Huskers coach Bo Pelini.
- Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon didn't even need a draft assessment from the NFL to decide he should return for his junior year.
- Illinois coach Tim Beckman strongly supports his defensive coordinator.
- Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is in the market for three new staff members.
- The 2015 season will mark the first time Notre Dame doesn't face a Big Ten opponent in more than a century.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
7:29 4th Qtr Miami (FL) 14 South Carolina 17 Halftime Boston College 7 Penn State 7 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31
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
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