A look around the Big Ten

Originally Published: September 14, 2004
By Teddy Greenstein | Special to
What happened to the Michigan running game? Why is Glen Mason upset? Our Big Ten notebook addresses those questions, along with looks at Michigan State's cocky QB, Indiana's hot start and more.

In starting 2-0, the Hoosiers have already matched their 2003 win total, snapped their 13-game road losing streak and beaten a ranked team. Yet they're 2½-point underdogs to Kentucky, which is coming off a 28-0 loss to Louisville. Maybe the spread can be explained by the details of Indiana's 30-24 victory over Oregon. The Ducks committed seven turnovers and outgained Indiana 495-198.

  • Barring another turnover-fest, Indiana will need more efficiency from quarterback Matt LoVecchio, who completed just 6 of 18 pass attempts against Oregon for 71 yards. LoVecchio also needs to bone up on the rules. During one series Saturday, he committed two intentional grounding penalties in a span of three plays, resulting in the loss of two downs and 26 yards.