Around the Big Ten: August 28

Despite all the red, this is not Indiana's home stadium.

Despite all the red, this is not Indiana's home stadium.

  • Indiana, Penn State to play at FedEx Field in 2010 — — Essentially, Indiana sold a home game for $3 million, as the Redskins’ home stadium is far closer to Happy Valley than Bloomington. Naturally, the locals aren’t pleased, and neither are, well, our locals. This sets a really dangerous precedent, and I’d be furious if I was a Hoosier fan who had to watch my team sell a home game in a complete money-grab.
  • Paterno says OL, receivers faltering — Altoona Mirror — Well, this certainly doesn’t bode well for those (myself included) who think Penn State will take the Big Ten title this year:  “We’re still struggling with that offensive line right now, and we’re not sure about our wideouts,” he said. “We’ve got some kids that are someday going to be really good, but it’s all so new to them. So we’re not anywhere near where I would hope we would be at this stage.
    “We’re only [nine] days away from playing a football game, and if we had to play this week – well, we’ll have troubles regardless – but we’d have big, big troubles.”
  • Tolzien set to start against Northern Illinois in opener — Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel — Despite senior Dustin Scherer still being on the roster after starting the last seven games for Wisconsin last year, junior Scott Tolzien will be the man under center for the Badgers. In fact, Scherer drops all the way to No. 3, behind redshirt freshman Curt Phillips.
  • Kirk Cousins named MSU football co-captain — Detroit News — Call me crazy, but this certainly sounds like Cousins has the edge for the starting quarterback job over Keith Nichol. Mark Dantonio still won’t name a starter, but it’s hard to imagine the co-captain starting the season on the bench.
  • Juice Williams for Heisman in 2009. Why not? — Hail to the Orange — Your first instinct may be to call this crazy, but I don’t think this is any more unreasonable than the Terrelle Pryor for Heisman campaign. Williams may not be a stalwart passer, but he’s improved every season, and Michigan fans know all too well how dangerous he is with his legs.

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