Tressel doesn’t expect Wells to play Saturday

A week away from its biggest game of the season, Ohio State isnâÄôt taking any chances with star running back Beanie Wells. Coach Jim Tressel said he doubts Wells will play against Ohio this weekend, in anticipation of their home game against top-ranked University of Southern California Sept. 13. Wells, a preseason Heisman favorite, injured his toe on a noncontact play in the BuckeyesâÄô 43-0 win over Youngstown State Saturday. âÄúI would say heâÄôs doubtful, but I saw him in the training room earlier this morning and he said he feels really good,âÄù Tressel said. âÄúI think that if the game were today, he probably wouldnâÄôt go, but weâÄôll have to go day by day.âÄù The 237-pound Wells rushed for 1,609 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. He rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries before leaving in the third quarter of SaturdayâÄôs game. âÄúThatâÄôs a lot of pounding on a big tailbackâÄôs wheels, but IâÄôd like to think that we can get this behind us,âÄù Tressel said. If Wells doesnâÄôt play against Ohio, the Buckeyes will divide carries between redshirt freshman Dan Herron, sophomore Brandon Saine and senior Maurice Wells. Michigan QB situation still in the air The conferenceâÄôs only remaining quarterback controversy remains unresolved. Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said he still has not decided who will be his starting quarterback, and that both redshirt freshman Steven Threet and sophomore Nick Sheridan will see action this weekend against Miami (Ohio). Both quarterbacks attempted 19 passes in MichiganâÄôs upset loss to Utah Saturday, with Sheridan completing 11-for-93 yards and Threet completing eight passes for 69 yards. Sheridan took more snaps with the first-team, but Rodriguez said he expects Threet to take more snaps this week. âÄúOur plan is to get them both ready for this weekend,âÄù Rodriguez said. Northwestern prepares for Hurricane Hanna Northwestern will travel to Durham, N.C. to play Duke this weekend, where Hurricane Hanna could make for a sloppy game. âÄúItâÄôll definitely be a factor, but itâÄôll be the same for both teams,âÄù Fitzgerald said. To prepare, Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald will hold outdoor practices Wednesday and Thursday, when it is expected to rain in Evanston.