Big Ten lunchtime links
October, 18, 2013
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com
Someone needs to do this for the Big Ten.
- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has returned home from a Michigan epilepsy clinic, but there's still no timetable for his return. He's not expected to travel to the game in Evanston, Ill.
- Iowa's Anthony Hitchens was recruited as a safety and even thought about playing offense early on. But, after gaining 40 pounds over his career, he's found a home an weakside linebacker and is one of the most improved players since last season.
- Braxton Miller acknowledged this week that he hasn't been 100 percent healthy and, against Northwestern, "wasn't fully myself through that whole game." He and head coach Urban Meyer are working on getting him back to full speed.
- Mike Poorman takes a closer look at Bill O'Brien's career and record after 18 games with Penn State.
- Does Illinois, which ranks 97th in run defense, really stand a chance at slowing down Wisconsin? Safety Earnest Thomas knows everybody's counting the Illini out but, "We don't care."
- The "freshman" tag still applies to Wisconsin cornerbacks Sojourn Shelton and Jakarrie Washington. But the two have seen a lot of time on the field, and Shelton said he doesn't feel like a freshman anymore.
- Historically, Indiana hasn't stood much of a chance against Michigan. The Wolverines have won 17 straight over the Hoosiers, including 32 of the last 33.
- Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has obviously played a huge role in his team's success, but athletic director Jim Phillips has also helped the school find success in football and other sports.
- True freshman quarterback Danny Etling and the Boilermakers know moving the ball won't come easy Saturday against one of the nation's top defenses.
- Mike Griffith takes a closer look at the position-by-position matchups in the Purdue-Michigan State game and, unsurprisingly, the Spartans have the edge at nearly every spot.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
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
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
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