Lynch speaks (again)

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First things first: Lynch’s new grandson, the son of receivers coach Billy and his wife Carla, is named Max.

When asked how big he was, Bill spread his hands apart as long as a football and then tucked it away.

Note to Billy: If your father has a history of fumbling, don’t let him hold your new baby.

On to football: Lynch is understandably worried about the power of Michigan State’s offense. He thinks the Spartans will come in and try to push Indiana around. He compared running back Javon Ringer to Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall, who was able to really hurt the Hoosiers’ defense.

He believes Michigan State’s defense is very similar to Indiana’s, in part because the defensive coordinator worked under Terry Hoeppner at Miami. He attributed Northwestern’s gaudy stats in its 48-41 win over the Spartans to the Wildcats making plays.

Lynch hopes his team is ready for this road test after playing in front of raucous home crowds at Western Michigan and Iowa. He expects the Michigan State fans to be excited for the night game.

As for his own team, Lynch said that eventually settling for field goals is going to come back to hurt the Hoosiers. But he’s obviously pleased with kicker Austin Starr.

More from this press conference later . . .