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IU Football Opens Big Ten Play at Michigan

WTIU's Dave Leno reports IU coach Bill Lynch is gearing up his players for not only a tough game, but an intimidating atmosphere.

The IU football team opens Big Ten play tomorrow afternoon at Michigan. The last time the two teams met came in 2006 when the Wolverines topped the Hoosiers in a resounding 34 to 3 fashion.

The two home games this season witnessed crowds close to 37,000. Now imagine three times the size of the masses at Memorial Stadium. That’s the type of venue where IU hopes to extend its record to 4-0.

IU Head Coach Bill Lynch says the team will have embrace the crowd noise to win. “You have to address it. There’s no question it’s a thrill to get to go play there. I mean, there’s a reason why kids want to go play Big Ten football. They want to play at Michigan and at Ohio State and at Penn State and at Iowa.”

As the Big Ten season hits, Lynch constantly reminds his players to ignore the team’s critics. Just like last week at Akron, IU is an overwhelming underdog tomorrow at Michigan Stadium. Defensive End Jammie Kirlew acknowledges that Michigan has beaten IU 15 consecutive times. But he says that’s a stat the Cream and Crimson can’t keep in their minds.

“We’re not going to let it bother us. I think something big what Coach Lynch said before the game last week, he was handing a newspaper, I think a out of Cleveland, they were saying something about us. He didn’t read it to us. But they were saying obviously something negative about us and he said I’m not even going to read his to you guys. We don’t need that.”

Game time is noon on ESPN2.

Dave Leno

Dave Leno is a news anchor and sports reporter for WTIU. He mostly files reports on IU basketball and football. In addition, he is the play-by-play voice of IU volleyball, softball, men and women’s soccer and hosts the women’s basketball halftime show. Leno freelances for Action Indiana Sports Television, where he calls basketball games for Bloomington High School South. His broadcast history includes stints at IU Student Radio and 610 WIP in Philadelphia. Leno spent this past summer calling professional baseball games for the Camden Riversharks, an independent team based in Camden, NJ.

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