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Indiana has the nation's easiest nonconference schedule, while Northwestern also lives in cupcake city, according to Sporting News' Matt Hayes.
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley shares his thoughts on Big Ten divisions and other topics. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will be on hand to watch Joe Paterno and Penn State face Alabama on Sept. 11, colleague Ivan Maisel writes. These Penn State tidbits from statecollege.com's Mike Poorman are en fuego.
Kim Royston must be Superman's cousin, as the Minnesota safety expects to start the season opener and go through camp following a broken leg in spring ball, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
The Big Ten championship should be played at a permanent, indoor stadium, Jared Shanker writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
New Big Ten member Nebraska is picked to win the Big 12 North this season, colleague David Ubben writes.
George Perles' fingerprints remain on the Michigan State football program, Lynn Henning writes in the Detroit Free Press. The Spartans are poised to add to their 2011 recruiting class, Matt Dorsey writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan could finally bring in a true middle linebacker if it lands recruit Kellen Jones, Josh Helmholdt writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Iowa's success at Kinnick Stadium is a big reason why the Hawkeyes have been hyped entering the fall, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register. A look at Iowa's contingency plan at offensive line this fall, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
Wisconsin kicker Philip Welch sets his sights on the Lou Groza Award, Hap Fry writes in The (Fort Collins) Coloradoan.