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Friday, August 30, 2013
Big Ten lunchtime links
By Josh Moyer
Finally, Saturdays have meaning again ...
Minnesota may have scheduled some cupcakes for its nonconference schedule but, Tom Powers writes, but the
Gophers are off to the right start
after dismantling UNLV 51-23 on Thursday. And
big plays naturally played a big role
in overcoming a slow first half.
Penn State is
looking forward to playing inside an NFL stadium
. It's "like a dream come true," said one player. Mike Poorman writes that
MLB Glenn Carson follows a long line of PSU linebackers
from New Jersey.
Nick Baumgardner outlines the five keys and
things to watch in the Wolverines' opener
against Central Michigan. The Chippewas are clearly overmatched but, in this breakdown, they do at least have the
advantage when it comes to the rush offense
Buffalo's mission against Ohio State?
"Collect a hefty paycheck, don't have injuries and don't embarrass yourself." Without their top two running backs, the Buckeyes will have to
lean more on their passing attack
Andrew Maxwell's first season as Michigan State's starting QB wasn't exactly productive, but he
should be better now
that he has more experience. Western Michigan is also
keeping the Spartans guessing
about its schemes for Friday night's opener.
will install a statue
of former football coach/athletic director Bob Devaney during a public ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday. More than 20 years after running onto the field as a Cornhusker, Tom Banderas
will see his son do the same
Wisconsin's coach is different, but the goal's the same:
Get to Pasadena
. Linebacker Ethan Armstrong, who missed all of spring practice, is
ready for the new 3-4 defense
Iowa OL Brandon Scherff, who went with a knee injury last year, reflected on how painful it was to watch the Hawkeyes struggle from the bench. But he and the other Hawkeyes are
hoping to turn that pain into gain
this season. There's no way around it, either -- the
season opener against Northern Illinois is a must-win
crushed Indiana State 73-35
in Thursday's opener and set quite a few scoring records. But, Bob Kravitz writes, remember
it's just against Indiana State
Eric Finney and Ted Karras are out
the opener. Here are 10 important
questions surrounding Illinois football
Venric Mark is no longer an afterthought
. Here's a
primer on Northwestern
and a bit of what to expect in the Cal game.
Purdue DB Ricardo Allen will be tested Saturday, but
Allen said he's up for the challenge
. "In the huddle"
with senior fullback Kurt Freytag
-- from the Purdue player's favorite breakfast cereal to how he describes his position coach.