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Handpicked Highlights: Why Aren't The Hoosiers Celebrating?

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Tim Cary

Indiana defeated Eastern Kentucky 19-13 today in the Hoosiers' season opener.

Not that you could tell from the players', coaches', and fans' facial expressions.

If it was possible for the Big Ten's reputation to take yet another hit during a conference school's win, it did tonight.
FCS opponent Eastern Kentucky barely missed on a game-winning Hail Mary pass as time expired to fall short of the "upset" bid in Bloomington.  Quarterback Ben Chappell piled up a career-high 326 yards to help the Hoosiers escape. 
Cental Michigan v Indiana

Full recap tomorrow on FirstandBigTen.com (hey, what else are we going to write about? It's live, real, competitive football finally!)


In other news around the conference...


Spartans sees a silver lining for the state of Michigan.  Michigan State announced today that they will wear a decal on their helmets to honor the state they represent.  Classy move by the Spartans, and a great PR decision as well.  The press release also announces MSU's offer to waive a yearly sponsorship fee for General Motors. 


And yes, MSU finally has a starting quarterback. 
Cousins gets the nod over Nichol, which means absolutely nothing until both players get meaningful time against Montana State.


Of course, Michigan still has three. 
Tate Forcier, Nick Sheridan, and Denard Robinson will all play for the Wolverines Sunday, but Forcier will get the first snap. 


Boilermaker fans, meet your coordinators. 
With Purdue adjusting to a new head coach and two new coordinators, the Lafayette Journal and Courier sits down with OC Gary Nord and DC Donn Landholm to preview the Boilermakers' chances against Toledo. 


As you might have heard, Navy runs the triple option. 
The Columbus Dispatch explains exactly what Ohio State will have to do to slow down the nation's leading rushing offense (for four years running). 
CFB: EagleBank Bowl - Wake Forest v Navy DEC 20


Minnesota heading down Tobacco Road.
  ESPN.com has the story on Minnesota's new non-conference agreement for a home-and-home with North Carolina.


I want to go to Fan Camp. 
The Big Ten Conference has released a handful of commercials that manage to combine Desmond Howard's Heisman pose, the World's Largest Drum, and Buckeyes legend Archie Griffin.  Check them out at www.BigTenFanCamp.com. (Thanks to Kelly Harfoot for sending us the link.)


Time keeps ticking away...
Don't forget you can still enter this week's edition of FBT's "Ten By Ten" contest!  Send in your picks before 7 am ET Saturday -- all the details are right here.  Yes, there will be prizes at the end of the year.  No, they are not trips to fan camp.


Remember, if you have a link suggestion you'd like to see featured in "Handpicked Highlights", drop us an e-mail at firstandbigten@yahoo.com or hit us up on Twitter at @FirstandBigTen.


 

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