October 13, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Earnest Thomas (9) forces Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) out of bounds in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State football: Notes around the Big Ten, college football

There was a lot of news surrounding the Big Ten conference and the nation of college football today. Here are some of the best highlights that will keep you abreast of the latest happenings everyone is talking about…

Big Ten notes:

  • Northwestern has added Western Michigan to its 2012 nonconference football schedule following the cancellation of its football series with Vanderbilt.
  • Wisconsin and Maryland will play a home-and-home series in 2020 and 2021. Neither team has played each other before. The Badgers have done an admirable job beefing up its strength of schedule lately.
  • Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has a fair counterpoint about the future of the Gopher’s nonconference scheduling. Although, it is hilarious how Kill thinks North Carolina and Navy is too good to play against. It is not as if those teams are Alabama, right, Michigan?
  • Todd McShay does not see Denard Robinson as a viable quarterback option in the NFL. If Shoelace can stay healthy, he could be a player similar to Brad Smith, Joshua Cribbs or Devin Hester. Not to mention his explosiveness is something that NFL scouts will not overlook come draft day.

College football notes:

  • DirecTV and the Pac-12 are no closer to coming to an agreement. The satellite provider does not think the conference’s network is giving them a fair price and will hold out for a more affordable deal. That is funny because the Pac-12 Network offered DirecTV the same deal it offered Dish Network.  Dish owners are currently enjoying exclusive Pac-12 content.
  • Control of the SEC East comes down to Saturday’s matchup between Florida and South Carolina.

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