Big Ten lunchtime links
December, 19, 2013
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN.com
Six shopping days left.
- Michigan State’s young offensive players, including freshman QB Damion Terry, are showing well in bowl practices. The Spartans’ offense has made great strides. Is Mark Dantonio really a Spartan for life? Meanwhile, rapper Rich Homie Quan might join the Spartans for a little dance in Pasadena.
- In case you didn't notice, Urban Meyer focuses a lot of energy on recruiting. Ohio State is working on leaks in its pass defense. And as we reported on Wednesday, Braxton Miller is thinking about Clemson, not the NFL.
- Nebraska officially begins to reload its defense for 2014. First, an ESPY. Now, Jack Hoffman, the pediatric brain-cancer patient who scored a touchdown in Nebraska’s spring game, is awarded the “Best Emotional Moment” of sports in 2013 by USA Today.
- The Patriot-News wonders if Christian Hackenberg was even better than expected as a true freshman at Penn State.
- The Wisconsin State Journal reviews the fallout, one year later, as a result of Gary Andersen’s hiring.
- A redemptive bowl season for Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson?
- A young defender’s progress could allow the Michigan defense to get more aggressive. Al Borges says freshman Shane Morris will be ready if QB Devin Gardner can’t play against Kansas State.
- Recognizing Iowa’s most underappreciated contributors. And the bickering via social media intensifies among ex-Hawkeyes.
- Illinois rewards offensive coordinator Bill Cubit with an extension and a raise.
- More All-America honors for cornerback Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, this time from the Football Writers Association of America. And there's four from the Big Ten on the second team.
- Three Big Ten teams crack the top 10 in Forbes’ list of most valuable college football programs.
Braxton Miller, Ohio State Begin Spring Drills
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35