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September 28, 2010

RAMBLIN' RECK: Big Ten teams turn to conference competition

TERRE HAUTE — The prelims are over for Big Ten football teams. Ten of the 11 teams open conference play Saturday, with Purdue enjoying a break in the schedule.

Going into the first week of league play, six teams have yet to lose but two of them will have one defeat after Saturday since Wisconsin is playing Michigan State and Michigan is playing at Indiana.

Ohio State and Northwestern are the other unbeatens and both could still be perfect after Saturday with the Buckeyes playing at Illinois and Northwestern going to winless Minnesota.

OSU has won or shared five straight Big Ten championships and was one of three league teams to score 60 or more points last week as the Buckeyes bested Eastern Michigan 73-20.

Wisconsin battered Austin Peay 70-3 and Michigan handled Bowling Green 65-21.

IU improved to 3-0 with its 35-20 victory over Akron.

Two of the league leaders will meet in the Hoosiers’ game with Michigan that will start at 3:30 p.m. and be carried by ESPNU.

Denard Robinson of Michigan is the leader in rushing with 688 yards and is first in total offense, combining the rush total with 731 yards passing. He was injured in last week’s game but figures to play at IU.

Ben Chappell of IU is the leader in passing offense, averaging 296.7 yards per game. He’s thrown for nine touchdowns.

It’s probably good that Purdue has the week off after losing to Toledo. Quarterback Robert Marve injured his left knee and was slated to undergo an MRI on Monday.

• Cage clips — Some college basketball games have been set for the upcoming season.

Franklin will meet IU in a Nov. 3 exhibition.

Notre Dame will play Kentucky in the Big East-SEC Challenge at Louisville.

Purdue has sold more than 14,000 season tickets for the season.

Southern Indiana has added a player to its roster with 6-foot-4 guard Eduardo Gallina of Brazil in school. He played on two Brazilian championship teams and played on two state prep championship teams in Louisiana.

Buddy Graham was honored with the Faculty Citation Award at Vincennes University, where he played after scoring 1,383 points and snaring 929 rebounds at Odon High School. He finished his college career at Texas Wesleyan.

He won 806 games in Illinois and guided Madison High School to state championships.

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