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Michigan State-Northwestern pregame

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The wind is blowing to the northeast, and the heavy rain is supposed to hit soon here at Ryan Field.

A couple of pregame notes:

  • Northwestern junior superback Drake Dunsmore went through warm-ups after tweaking his ankle in practice this week.

  • Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was on the field pregame, and he might try to coach from the field today, despite the weather.

  • Legendary coach Ara Parseghian is back at Northwestern today as the team's honorary captain. Parseghian spent eight seasons as Northwestern's coach, compiling a 36-35-1 record, before moving on to Notre Dame. The 87-year-old addressed Northwestern players Friday during the walk-through.

I'll have plenty more from Evanston, and I'll be monitoring the other three early Big Ten games as well.