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Friday, September 13, 2013
Big Ten lunchtime links
By Josh Moyer
Don't go camping near a lake today ...
Canada native Akeel Lynch
struggled with the death of his father
at age 7, adjusted to the American lifestyle and is now a Penn State tailback brimming with potential. Who's the
next PSU alum who should have his jersey retired
? Mike Poorman weighs in and mentions the likes of W.T. Dunn and Wally Triplett.
Teddy Greenstein looks into
whether top jobs at Texas or USC could tempt Pat Fitzgerald
into leaving Northwestern. Previewing the Western Michigan-Northwestern contest really comes down to the
Wildcats' opponent just not being that good
to give Derrick Green more carries
, but Fitz Toussaint is getting the job done. Here are
four things to watch
in the Akron-UM game Saturday.
Cal is OSU's marquee nonconference game and, Bob Hunter writes, that means "
it might be time to take down the marquee
." Five Buckeyes could have
their first breakout performances
of their careers this weekend.
DE Shilique Calhoun is a smiling, friendly person now -- but he wasn't always like that. The Michigan State sophomore was
shaped by a middle-school bullying tragedy
. The Spartans clearly have the overall advantage against Youngstown State, but the
Penguins have the edge at a few positions
Last season's Nebraska-UCLA matchup was a disaster for the Cornhuskers, and Dick Chatelain reflects and tries to wrap his mind around
the nature of missed tackles
freshman linebackers are ready
for their first big test this season.
Minnesota's passing offense hasn't exactly been dynamic these first two weeks, but don't expect a shift from
the Gophers' run-first mentality
. With the injury to Donnell Kirkwood,
Rodrick Williams should see a lot more touches
against Western Illinois.
Wisconsin center Dan Voltz lost his starting job following an injury, but he's still
waiting patiently for another chance
. Sophomore linebacker
Joe Schobert should play a key role
against Arizona State's fast-paced offense.
four key matchups
to the Purdue-Notre Dame game.
defensive line is solid
and could pose problems for Notre Dame.
Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson and Iowa signal-caller Jake Rudock are
both Florida natives and will meet in Iowa City
on Saturday. The Hawkeyes' and Cyclones' coaches
combine to make more than $10 million
Dick Butkus said he's gotten "kind of embarrassed"
with the way his alma mater has played. A look at the
most important players for Illinois
Indiana knows it
has to solve its defensive problems
if it wants to beat Bowling Green. Robby Howard thinks
it's time to end the quarterback debate
and that Nate Sudfeld should be the starter.