- Russell Byrd is down to five schools: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State (subscriber-only link; article was free when I first accessed it, for whatever reason).
- Raymar Morgan is the #4 NBA prospect in the Big Ten (among non-freshmen). Harris, Turner, and Lighty are 1-3; Hummel is 5. (Hat tip: UMHoops).
- From the Barn takes an early look at Minnesota’s schedule and comes up with an 11-7 Big Ten record. He notes that the Gophers are a tough team to make predictions about this year, though: more talent, less continuity.
- The rapid rebuilding process continues at Indiana, as Tom Crean gets another highly-ranked 2009 commitment: 6’7″ forward Christian Waterford.
- For 2008, though, Crean is preparing to use a four-guard lineup. Crean is positioning himself nicely to be the best thing since sliced bread in Hoosierland: no expectations whatsoever the first year; potential for very rapid improvement thereafter.
- John Feinstein on Don Haskins’ legacy and the role of sports in racial integration. (File under “deeper-than-usual thinking.”)
- G0EL preview of Michigan State vs. Florida Atlantic. Florida Atlantic’s mascot is named “Owsley.”
- Victory4MSU preview of same. This is not necessarily your standard nonconference patsie:
The Owls have experienced a meteoric rise in the college football world since becoming a division 1-A program only four years ago. Under the instruction of head coach Howard Schnellenberger the team went 8-5 in 2007 and defeated the Memphis Tigers of C-USA in the New Orleans Bowl.
Multiple-Choice Coffee Talk
- With a pass-happy underdog coming to town, what’s the over/under on the number of carries Javon Ringer gets this week?
- Given the state of the MSU secondary, what’s the over/under on TD passes for Florida Atlantic QB Rusty Smith (32 TDs vs. 9 INTs last year).
- Who are you rooting for in the big Michigan-Notre Dame “cripple fight” (MGoBlog’s words, not mine)?
Game time for MSU is noon on ESPN2. Florida Atlantic comes in at 1-1, having lost to Texas 52-10 and beaten UAB 49-34. The early Sagarin ratings predict a 20-point win for MSU.
I’ll be out of town this weekend for a wedding, so I’m not sure how much of the game I’ll see. As always, feel free to comment below before, during, and/or after the game.