NOTES/QUOTES: ‘THE GAME,’ BOWL SEASON NOT FAR AWAY

All it takes is a November victory, and holiday bowls become part of the water-cooler discussion. Should  Michigan defeat Iowa this Saturday (NOON ET), that will give the Wolverines eight wins and a chance at a decent invitation. Since Wolverine fans travel well and produce good television ratings,...

NOTES/QUOTES AS MICHIGAN TRUDGES TOWARD NORTHWESTERN

Michigan travels to Evanston Saturday for a game between a pair of disappointing Big Ten teams. U-M  (6-3, 2-3) has three defeats over its last four league contests while Northwestern (4-5, 0-5) has yet to win a conference game. Regardless of the records, a game at Northwestern’s Ryan Stadium becomes more...

NOTE/QUOTES: SUSPENSION LOOMS FOR U-M’S LEWAN

Talk about returning to the scene of the crime. Michigan all-American left tackle Taylor Lewan returned to Spartan Saturday where he and MSU defensive end William Gholston clashed two seasons ago. Last time, Lewan was accused of holding Gholston’s head to the ground before Gholston punched Lewan in the...

POST GAME QUOTES: OFFENSE EARNS THE PRAISE, DEFENSE TAKES THE HEAT

Head coaches are not the only staff members immune from criticism. While Michigan struggled with Al Borges’ offensive identity over the past two seasons, Saturday’s record-setting 63-47 win over Indiana might get the veteran coordinator off the hook. Borges probably slept fairly well Saturday night,...

NOTES/QUOTES: PRODUCTIVE O-LINE WILL HELP TOUSSAINT, GREEN

Brady Hoke’s game plan when he arrived in 2011 called for Michigan to reestablish a downhill smash mouth running game. But Coach Hoke elected to stick with Denard Robinson at quarterback in 2011 and in 2012 before “Shoelace’s” elbow injury forced  Devin Gardner to step in as...

NOTES/QUOTES FROM THE 42-13 WIN OVER MINNESOTA, RYAN CLEARED TO RETURN TO ACTION

–Other than the injury to reserve nose tackle Ondre Pipkins , Michigan (5-0, 1-0) came away from the Minnesota game confident headed to Penn State (3-2, 0-1). Pipkins, who is slowly gaining the form of a starting defensive lineman will miss the remainder of the season because to a torn ACL.  “Your...

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