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It’s good to be Pat Fitzgerald. He’s a hot, young coach whose program is on the rise as it’s ranked in 2013 coming off a 10-win season and the school’s first bowl victory since the 1948 season. If he was a stock, he’d have a “buy” rating. Now, he’s a whole lot richer, too.
Happy Wednesday! What’s that mean? Not Hump Day. Hope. It means we are one day closer to Saturday. And that’s a beautiful thing. And, looky here: It seems Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is in full spin mode about this ND-Michigan rivalry stuff. Now, Kelly is open to renewing the school’s rivalry with Michigan, but commitments to play five ACC teams a year is an obstacle.
Be sure to tune in tonight for the next installment of “How The Quarterback Turns” at Michigan State, which opens vs. Western Michigan. Andrew Maxwell will start, but Connor Cook will play. And Cook wants to show he’s the guy. Heck—who knows?–all four Spartans quarterbacks may see action, along with a few guys from the stands.
The Big Ten season is here! The Big Ten season is here! Indiana State plays at Indiana, while UNLV is at Minnesota. But first, this: The Big Ten will allow an unlimited number of replays to be shown on video boards in football stadiums this fall. Smart move. Attendance is a concern at many stadiums, as the in-home football experience is difficult to beat, what with HD TVs, mini fridges, clean and convenient restrooms and such. Other changes proposed by the Big Ten are to have wireless in stadiums and exclusive content on video boards.This all is a good start. Now, about those games that start at 8 p.m. local time…
Indiana is one of two Big Ten teams that opens the season on Thursday (Minnesota is the other). And, it could be a big season in Bloomington. How big? Well, it’s bowl game or bust for Indiana—so says, Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz.
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Happy Tuesday, America! We are just 48 hours from kickoff! Until then, keep stretching and make sure your fridge is full. Oh, and read this stuff. When Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald types, I read. And he has seven reasons why Nebraska will have a magnificent season.
Game week is here! Hallelujah! On Thursday night, Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) kick off the Big Ten season. Depth charts are firming up as position battles come into focus. The chase for the Big Ten championship will commence! At Michigan, five key spots have been decided—almost–as the Wolverines chug toward their opener on Saturday. True freshman Shane Morris will be the backup quarterback.
It looks like we may be getting a bit more clarity in the Wisconsin quarterback derby, with Joel Stave perhaps gaining an edge on Curt Phillips. At least that’s what Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel thinks.
Tough start to a Wednesday in Ann Arbor: Highly touted WR Amara Darboh recently injured a foot that will require surgery and will force him to miss the entire season. This is a tough blow, as Darboh looked to be a rising star as a big-bodied receiver cut from the mold as former Michigan greats.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio says he now has a four-man quarterback race, with true freshman Damion Terry coming on following a strong showing in a scrimmage.
The storylines continue to percolate in training camps across the Big Ten as we inch closer to the start of the season. But, heck, I’m gonna race right past the opening kickoff and on to the Big Ten title game. The great David Jones of PennLive.com ponders the possibility of Northwestern playing Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Hey, it could happen.
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Minnesota’s coaches hope the defense is dominant this fall. No doubt, but that rarely has happened in my lifetime. But, this unit has a chance to be decent, as the line and secondary look promising. The key? The development of the linebackers.
There are a lot of questions facing Purdue in its first season under Darrell Hazell. One of the biggest is at quarterback. Well, it looks like Rob Henry is slowly emerging as the No. 1 quarterback at Purdue over true freshman Danny Etling and redshirt freshman Austin Appleby.
Training camps are buzzing across the Big Ten. Where to begin? How about East Lansing? One of the biggest issues facing Michigan State in its camp is the search for a running back with Le’Veon Bell gone a year early. (Was there a bigger loss for any Big Ten team?) Co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner shares his early impressions of the freshmen backs here.
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