Grantland's Holly Anderson has put together their Big Ten Season PREVIEW. It's a good read (I'm a fan of her writing in general, so I'm biased), and contains the obligatory jab at Michigan re: Appalachian State below. She also pronounces Tim Beckman to be on the hottest of seats, which makes sense given his abysmal record even by Illinois standards and away games at Washington, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Ohio State.
Early Must-Watch Game, Nonconference Category Appalachian State returns to Michigan in Week 1, producing a problematic set of circumstances in which Michigan will have to win by gobs and gobs of points to put the ghosts of 2007 to rest, and in which even if the Wolverines trounce the Mountaineers, we’re going to have to talk about it, because of that one time they did not. Also of interest: Michigan at Notre Dame in Week 2, and Nebraska at Fresno State in Week 3.
Coach Hoke was on "The Sports Brothers" on 107.3 WBBL-FM this morning and had some interesting comments that I thought the board would like to hear.
On the offensive line (3:44 mark):
Nothing earth shattering here but Hoke said they circled Sunday (8/17) as a day to have "some continuity" on the offensive line. They have gone through fall camp with the "first group" but "every once and a while" have been putting guys in the mix a little bit to see how they perform with first group. Hoke mentioned a first group like they have a group in mind but who knows. He then mentions Ben Braden as their "right tackle right now", which is what that MLive article referenced.
On incoming freshman (9:15 mark):
Again, nothing really new here but again, Hoke mentions Mason Cole and really praises his high school coach for getting him ready with technique, etc. He highlights that Cole was an early enrollee and calls him "unique" and "a little different". We very well could see Mason Cole as the starting LT but is it because he truly is a special talent?
Hoke also mentions Canteen and Peppers.
Im sure some other people must have also received this email a few minutes ago but it looks like they are send out options for season tickets next year if you bought a 2014 Go Blue or Family Pack of tickets.
You are guaranteed up to two (2) 2015 Michigan Football season tickets if you choose to purchase them.
• Up to two (2) season tickets may be purchased
• Seats will be assigned in the end zone
In early September, we will follow up with you to see your interest in becoming a Season Ticket Holder.
Thanks again for your support of Michigan Football.
We look forward to seeing you this season, and hopefully next season too!
Its pretty tempting with the schedule next year but I live near Grand Rapids and think 7 trips to Ann Arbor is a little much. Also im a fan of sitting mid level in the corners or sidelines and not being stuck in row 70+ endzone.
SBNation has a fantastic take on the hype videos put out by terrible teams (thankfully Michigan is not featured here - these teams were worse).
Slow Jams for Sad Teams, the honest college football hype video mix
Michigan's field goal kick to secure OT against Northwestern puts the 'ish' in 'OTish'.
Being that I live in Rockford, I am very proud of this kid! Congrats to him and his hard work. Let's hope he can develop a high level of cohesiveness with the other 4 lineman!
For the NY metro area mgobloggers:
As Seth previously mentioned in Dear Diary, Brian is coming to NYC THIS Monday (aug 18) to join the U of M Club of NYC at their annual football kickoff event. Fresh off watching saturday's open practice, Brian will be previewing the team/season and answering Q&A. Joining the event this year will be Paul Myerberg (USA Today college football sportswriter).
Feel free to leave comments with questions you would like to have asked.
Sixth Annual College Football Preview with MGoBlog's Brian Cook and USA Today's Paul Myerberg
Professor Thom's - 219 2nd Ave (between 13th and 14th)
Monday, August 18
Join us to kick off the start of the college football season with a panel including MGoBlog founder Brian Cook and USA Today's college football writer Paul Myerberg to discuss Michigan, the Big Ten and the college football playoff. $5 for alumni association members, $15 for non members (advance purchase) and $20 at the door for all. Click here to sign up in advance at a discount. You may also register over the phone by calling the Alumni Association at 800.847.4764.