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press release from the BTN; Michigan games bolded.
Season two debuts at 6 PM ET on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with the 2000 Orange Bowl match-up between eighth-ranked Michigan and fifth-ranked Alabama. Tom Brady, who threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns, helped erase a 14-point deficit. The game went to overtime when a special teams blunder by the Crimson Tide gave Michigan a 35-34 victory.
The full schedule includes:
- Aug. 26 – 2000 Orange Bowl No. 8 Michigan def. No. 5 Alabama, 35-34 (OT)
- Aug. 28 – 1990 No. 21 Illinois def. No. 9 Colorado, 23-22
- Sept. 2 – 2000 Northwestern def. No. 7 Wisconsin, 47-44 (2 OT)
- Sept. 4 – 1998 Alamo Bowl Purdue def. No. 4 Kansas State, 37-34
- Sept. 9 – 1983 Sugar Bowl No. 2 Penn State def. No. 1 Georgia, 27-23
- Sept. 11 – 2000 No. 5 Wisconsin def. Oregon, 27-23
- Sept. 16 – 2005 Capital One Bowl No. 11 Iowa def. No. 12 LSU, 30-25
- Sept. 18 – 2003 No. 3 Ohio State def. No. 24 NC State, 44-38 (3 OT)
- Sept. 23 – 1981 Minnesota def. No. 18 Ohio State, 35-31
- Sept. 25 – 2005 Wisconsin def. No. 14 Michigan, 23-20 [yuck -ed]
- Sept. 30 – 1988 Indiana def. Iowa, 45-34
- Oct. 2 – 1995 No. 12 Penn State def. No. 6 Northwestern, 21-10
- Oct. 7 – 2003 No.4 Michigan def. Minnesota, 38-35
- Oct. 9 – 2006 Indiana def. No. 15 Iowa, 31-28
- Oct. 14 – 1989 No. 11 Illinois def. Indiana, 41-28
- Oct. 16 – 2005 Minnesota def. No. 11 Purdue, 42-35 (2 OT)
- Oct. 21 – 1999 No. 11 Michigan State def. No. 3 Michigan, 34-31
- Oct. 23 – 2004 No. 12 Michigan def. Michigan State, 45-37 (3 OT)
- Oct. 28 – 1981 No. 8 Ohio State def. Stanford, 24-19
- Oct. 30 – 1996 Minnesota def. Illinois, 23-21
- Nov. 4 – 1984 Penn State def. No. 9 Boston College, 37-30
- Nov. 6 – 2002 Iowa def. No. 12 Penn State, 42-35 (OT)
- Nov. 11 – 2003 No. 24 Minnesota def. Wisconsin, 37-34
- Nov. 13 – 2002 No. 2 Ohio State def. Illinois, 23-16 (OT)
- Nov. 18 – 1969 No. 12 Michigan def. No. 1 Ohio State, 24-12
- Nov. 20 – 1974 No. 4 Ohio State def. No. 3 Michigan, 12-10
Taking a look at the past 2 years of the rankings there are a few things of interest. Let's start with Coach Shafer at Western Michigan in 2006.
- 2006 W. Michigan Rushing Defense - Rating: 36 (17th in the nation)
- 2006 W. Michigan Passing Defense - Rating: 1 (57th in the nation)
- 2006 W. Michigan Total Defense - Rating 37 (23rd in the nation)
- 2007 W. Michigan Rushing Defense - Rating: -19 (79th in the nation)
- 2007 W. Michigan Passing Defense - Rating: 0 (62nd in the nation)
- 2007 W. Michigan Total Defense - Rating -19 (75th in the nation)
Everyone would expect the rushing defense to drop with less aggressive play calling. I was surprised that the passing defense also slightly dropped despite 4 returning starters in the secondary and corners that weren't being left on an island as often. How did things change for Stanford from 2006 to 2007? I'm glad you asked.
- 2006 Stanford Rushing Defense - Rating: -55 (115th in the nation)
- 2006 Stanford Passing Defense - Rating: 32 (15th in the nation)
- 2006 Stanford Total Defense - Rating -23 (85th in the nation)
The passing defense may be a result of a defense that let guys run through them like Paris Hilton. This is just speculation since I admit to not watching a single '06 Stanford game. On to 2007
- 2007 Stanford Rushing Defense - Rating: -20 (83rdh in the nation)
- 2007 Stanford Passing Defense - Rating:- 32 (107th in the nation)
- 2007 Stanford Total Defense - Rating -52 (104th in the nation)
Ouch, the rushing defense was about the same with a boost in ranking because of sacks. The passing defense was bad, ND bad (which by the way finished dead last in 2007 for total offense). But Stanford only had 1 returning starter in the secondary.
What does it all mean? I have no idea. But in a year when everyone is looking at the offense things should be just as interesting on the defensive side of the ball.
I know that this falls into the category of "inane" and "completely unrelated to actual important things like offensive scheming, recruiting, etc" but I thought I'd at least throw it out there and see if any of you had any take on it at all.
One of the time-honored gripes as we enter this time of year has always been the atmosphere at Michigan Stadium, it's practically a rite of Fall at this point. Having been fortunate enough to be a season ticket holder I've seen a steady (though not remarkable) improvement in the game-day atmosphere over the years, but there's definitely still work to be done.
Rather than going on some overarching diatribe regarding the age and general disposition of certain (ahem) segments of the crowd and their predilection to scream "sit down" much louder than they scream "Go Blue" I just wanted to point out one small change that I think would just sound cool... and better.
You know how right before the team comes out of the locker room and they put that somewhat off-kilter shot of the locker room doors up on the jumbotrons? Then the band and crowd start into the incredibly monotonous "Lets.... Go.... Blue...." that somewhat increases in tempo and volume as the team starts to gather in the tunnel? Not exactly the most rip-roaring way to greet the team onto the grid-iron. I have to say that I think they're missing on the intended effect of building a crescendo of excitement and volume in the crowd prior to the team running out under the banner.
This brings me to my suggestion/idea: How much better would it sound if the student section got the back and forth "GO" "BLUE" chant going during that time instead? The crowd participation is always better with that chant anyway, and it's a lot easier to pick up the pace so to speak. Plus, it simply sounds LOUDER.
That said, I have absolutely no idea how this would be implemented, etc, but regardless, I definitely think it'd sound better and contribute just that much more to the whole "atmosphere" thing we like to all wax poetic about.
Five games down and the Rockets are coming to Ann Arbor. The Toledo Rockets.
Toledo -- Oct. 11, TBA
There won't be too much excitement in this game against what is rightfully our's. Toledo will make the quick trip up to Ann Arbor with dreams of the Horror Part II. I'm sure Brady Hoke thinks Toledo has a great shot...and that Ron Paul is a lock for the White House, but there is very very little chance of an upset here.
Sure, it has been Michigan policy in recent years to allow some of these MAC teams to hang around (Miami, Ball State, Eastern), but something tells me this season's policy will be something more along the lines of merciless pillaging and demoralizing pummelization (may be made up).
Toledo brings a lot of starters back on defense this season. This is great news...for the Wolverines. The Rockets were worse than bad on defense last season, ranking 117th in scoring defense. They did shut out Notre Dame though, which may not be true...but they may have. Seriously though, if the offense doesn't have it together by now, it will get a major ego boost on October 11th.
Uh oh, Toledo has a quarterback that will be in his third straight year as the starting signal caller, and their wide receivers are pretty good. Ah, well that kind of plays to UM's strength on defense.
There just isn't a whole lot to say about this match-up. Barring an extremely humiliating lack of respect, much like this post, Toledo doesn't stand a chance. Hopefully UM can take care of business early and get the young guys some playing time. Also, it should be a good tune-up before the next two games - at Penn State and vs. MSU.
Jeff Zuttah, two years older than Jeremy, was one of the top prep offensive linemen in New Jersey in 2002, a consensus All-American who accepted a football scholarship to the University of Michigan in 2003.
It was there that his lifelong affliction derailed him for the first time.
Jeff Zuttah has sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder that affects 72,000 people in the United States. Two million Americans carry the sickle cell trait.
Doctors at the University of Michigan would not clear Jeff to play. He never took a snap in any practice for the Wolverines.
So he decided to transfer to Stanford, where team doctors allowed him to practice the following year.
He played two games for Stanford in 2004, but then could not continue.
He received an economics degree from Stanford.
"There's no cure, you just live with it," Jeremy said. "Since he's not doing anything overly physical, like conditioning for football, he's going to be fine."
So now, Jeremy, a rookie third-round draft pick of the Buccaneers, is feeling his way through his first NFL training camp, without the benefit of his brother getting there before him.
"That would have been cool, but you have to take whatever comes your way," Zuttah said.
Jeff Zuttah is an investment banker for Morgan Stanley in New York City.
"He's doing great for himself right now," Jeremy said. "He's going to make more money than me in the long run."