The 2010 IU football team opens conference play with a 3-0 record for the third time in the last four seasons. Indiana is ready for a home field advantage with Michigan on Saturday with a sell out crowd.
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said that as of the Friday close of the ticket office very few tickets remain. “We will sell out,” Glass predicted. “The only question is when.”
But all IU quarterback Ben Chappell has to worry about is the game on the field. “This is the Big Ten, it’s conference play now and its time that everyone step it up a notch,” said Chappell. “You all say…all the games are the same and stuff, but I think there’s always just a little edge when you start Big Ten play. I think we have enough leadership on this team.”
Michigan defeated IU 36-33 at the Big House last season on a Tate Forcier touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. IU coach Bill Lynch says that in order to win this game, his team needs to play fundamentally sound football.
“I think that’s the number one thing that we have to do because if we don’t block really well, they really run well on defense and they’ll get to the ball,” said Lynch.
This weekend also marks the first time for a team building partnership on IU Bloomington’s campus. IU volunteers and Habitat for Humanity built a crimson and cream house for a Bloomington resident who will receive her new house keys on Saturday during halftime of the game.