Big Ten’s lunch links

Dayton was an incredible appetizer. Time for the buffet. With Braxton Miller on the shelf, Ohio State is getting a close look at his backups as it tries to replace the invaluable services of Kenny Guiton.

There may be plenty of ground to make up, but freshman quarterback Wilton Speight is impressing early as he tries to learn Michigan’s new playbook.

Illinois is battling through injuries to its top tight ends, but that is opening up reps elsewhere for younger guys trying to make an impact.

Penn State coach James Franklin is in favor of an early signing period.

Sorting through its cornerbacks will be one of the most critical aspects of spring practice at Rutgers.

Mark Pelini had a veteran who helped him manage the growing pains when he joined the Nebraska roster as a walk-on center. Now it’s his turn to be a leader.

Michigan State has to replace three senior starters on the offensive line when spring camp opens. Position coach Mark Staten said to “ask in a couple weeks” who is stepping up to fill the void.

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