Links at Lunch: Ohio State Perils Heading Into Nebraska; Skepiticsm for Big 12 Plan


Ohio State’s ugly loss to Michigan State defined what is vexing the program, an inability to move the football whether by ground or air. At least, that’s the Buckeyes’ problem on the field. Off it, matters continue to worsen and it’s time for OSU fans to remove the scarlet-colored glasses, writes Nick Hewlett at Scarlet & Game.

DeVier Posey and Dan Herron remain in NCAA hot water and thus unavailable for Saturday’s trip into Lincoln to face Nebraska, reports USA Today. As if the weekend’s prognosis wasn’t looking bleak enough with the Cornhuskers coming off a tough loss at Wisconsin and out for vengance. But precedent is against Nebraska, which followed up a blowout loss on national TV four years ago with an unimpressive win against a lesser foe. draws the comparison.

  • A critical step to keeping the Big 12 alive has been taken. A more even revenue sharing system is on its way, per Barking Carinval. Mike Dearmond of The Kansas City Star opines that Missouri should remain wary, though.
  • Football is finally at the forefront for other Big 12 programs, like Kansas State. Saturday’s defeat of Baylor pushes the Wildcats to a perfect 4-0, and Jonathan Clapp at Jug Of Snyder examines what went well, what didn’t, and what’s to come for K-State.
  • Clemson is both the nation’s and ACC’s biggest surprise early on. The Tigers gear up for Boston College, with a depth chart breakdown at Shakin’ The Southland. Boston College has also surprised, but for the wrong reasons. The Eagle defense needs a tremendous day to slow Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Andre Ellington. Soaring To Glory compares the defenses.
  • No rest for Auburn, coming off a big victory over South Carolina and heading into Arkansas as the Tigers will be without Emory Blake reports War Eagle Extra.
  • Ray Graham was the Big East’s best of Week 5, and is getting serious love writes Pitt Script. Graham was at the top of Honor Roll.
  • The Big East’s own (for now) West Virginia routed Bowling Green and opens conference play against reigning champion (but struggling) UConn. recaps Dana Holgorsen’s press conference.
  • The Mountain West seeks to regroup from what pointed out was an underwhelming

    Week 5.

  • The Southern Conference is shaping up to be one of the most exciting Championship Subdivision races, courtesy of Wofford’s defeat of Appalachian and the ascension of Furman. The FCS Football Network recaps SoCon Week 5, and has Georgia Southern atop its weekly Power Poll.