Saturday, December 3, 2011
Notes from Big Ten title game warm-ups
By Brian Bennett
INDIANAPOLIS --A couple of quick notes from pregame warm-ups:
- Walking around this city Friday and earlier Saturday, it seemed like there were more Michigan State fans here than Wisconsin backers. The green gang appears to have an advantage in the stands, though fans are still filing in. The Spartans' supporters were loud during warm-ups, with many waving white towels. Really interested to see how full Lucas Oil Stadium gets for this one.
- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio wasn't kidding on Friday when he said his team might watch "Home Alone" the night before the game. The players indeed viewed the adventures of a precocious Macaulay Culkin.
- Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema suggested Friday that Travis Frederick would start at center even if Peter Konz looked healthy in practice. Well, Frederick was snapping to Russell Wilson in the pregame warm-ups, while Konz was working with third-string quarterback. Konz will likely play only in an emergency situation.
- For what it's worth, it's 49 degrees in Chicago at kickoff, though there's a 90-percent chance of rain. I'm OK with being indoors.