Big Ten lunch links

The only way college football could be better is if people had stronger opinions about it. Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell was a little defensive about his unit, but everybody involved knows the effort will have to be better in the Big Ten title game.

The other defensive coordinator in the championship matchup, Michigan State’s Pat Narduzzi, is trying to come up with answers for Ohio State’s prolific scoring machine.

The combination of two teams unbeaten in the conference finally gives the Big Ten a big showcase in its marquee game, writes Tom Dienhart.

Change is coming for Penn State, which appears to be shaking up its coaching staff and will be in the market for two new assistants this offseason.

Devin Gardner was clearly struggling at the end of his gritty performance on Saturday against Ohio State, and Michigan coach Brady Hoke revealed the injury was “turf toe.”

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was publicly reprimanded and fined $10,000 for his comments about the officiating after the loss on Friday against Iowa.

Purdue isn’t going to deviate from its plan to rebuild the program, though it clearly isn’t happy with an 11-loss season.

Illinois confirmed that Tim Beckman will return for another season on the sidelines. He’ll have a decision to make about defensive coordinator Tim Banks.

The final home game of the year brought a season-high for Wisconsin, as a fan checked in with a blood-alcohol content sample of .322 and six people were taken to a detox facility.

An in-depth look at a meeting and the circumstances that led to Kirk Ferentz taking over at Iowa and Bob Stoops heading to Oklahoma.

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