Just a little look back at the series history of Michigan-Maryland before they play their first....sigh.....B1G game tomorrow.
September 21, 1985---#12 Michigan 20, #17 Maryland 0
You can see highlights of this game via WolverineHistorian
In the first meeting of the two teams, Michigan was fresh off of two upset victories in a row over ranked teams which included the likes of #13 Notre Dame (20-12) and #15 South Carolina (34-3) down in Columbia. Maryland, the preseason #1 according to Sports Illustrated, rolled into Ann Arbor with a 2-1 record. Maryland was ranked #7 in the AP poll to start the season, but lost to Penn State at home, 20-18, in their season opener at Byrd Stadium.
This game was the battle of the 'Baughs: Jim Harbaugh vs Stan Gelbaugh.
The Baughs combined for 407 passing yards, with Gelbaugh outgaining Harbaugh in passing yards. But Jim Harbaugh's two TD performance along with two Mike Gillette FGs led Michigan to a 20-0 victory over the Terps. Perhaps Michigan would have won by more had they not fumbled 3 times, losing all of them.
Michigan, who started the season unranked, wound up finishing #2 in the nation with a Fiesta Bowl victory over Nebraska and a 10-1-1 record.
This would not be Maryland's only trip to Michigan that year. The Terps went 7-2 the rest of the way, winning the ACC Championship and making the trek back to Michigan to play against Syracuse in the short-lived Cherry Bowl at the Pontiac Silverdome, which they won.
September 30, 1989---#6 Michigan 41, Maryland 21
In the second meeting, Michigan faced a Maryland team with no preseason fanfare like the one they faced in 1985 had.
Strangely, Michigan was 1-1 when they played Maryland, who was already 1-3. Michigan opened their season two weeks after Maryland had opened theirs.
This game was not an ugly showing by the Michigan offense.
A solid day for the RS Freshman Elvis Grbac, who threw for 187 yards and 2 TDs, with 18.7 yards per completion(!). Greg McMurtry caught a 49-yard bomb for a TD, as well as 126 yards on the day.
Michigan had a 38-7 lead in the 4th quarter before Maryland scored a couple TDs while Michigan had their backups in, including a pick-six thrown by third stringer Wilbur Odom.
This turned out to be Bo's final season as he announced his retirement after the Ohio State game. Michigan won their second consecutive outright Big Ten Championship, and maybe just maybe, could have won the national championship had they won the Rose Bowl that year.
Maryland continued the suck, going 2-5-1 the rest of the way with their only "upset" being a tie against #13 Penn State in Baltimore.
September 29, 1990---#6 Michigan 45 Maryland 17
For some reason, Maryland agreed to two consecutive road trips to Michigan Stadium.
In 1990, Michigan came in sporting a 1-1 record similar to the previous year, while Maryland had a much better start than the previous year with a 3-1 record.
Michigan was outgained in this game, lost 3 fumbles and threw 1 interception.....yet still won this game by 28. BIG TEHN!
Maryland did pull within 4 during the 3rd quarter when it was 21-17 Michigan, but that was about it for them. Maryland wound up with 6 turnovers, 3 INTs and 3 fumbles.
Grbac thew for 172 and 2 TDs, and backup Ken Sollom threw one pass for 37 yards--which was a touchdown. Michigan rushed for 143 with John Vaughn, Ricky Powers and Allen Jefferson getting the bulk of the yardage.
Michigan went on to win their 3rd straight Big Ten Championship and finished the with a 9-3 record after demolishing #15 Mississippi in the Mazda Gator Bowl.
Maryland turned things around that year and wound up making a bowl game at 6-5. I doubt they did much celebrating, though, since they tied Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl with a 34-34 final.
Michigan 5-5 (3-3) vs. Maryland 6-4 (3-3)
|What||Michigan vs. Maryland|
|When||Saturday @ 330|
|Where||Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor Michigan|
|Tickets||Currently starting at $8.25 on Stubhub|
|Weather||50 % chance of Freezing Rain, High in the upper 30s, winds 10-20 mph|
Both Maryland and Michigan have football teams. Neither one of these teams is very good. Which one is worse? I guess we'll find out tomorrow.
Run Offense vs. Maryland
Brady Hoke said that the offensive line played their best game of the season vs. Northwestern. Of course we'll never know because there wasn't a UFR. And honestly nobody wants to go back and rewatch the MOON game. Maryland probably has some decent defensive linemen, although I'm not really sure because I'm not looking that shit up for this preview.
Key Matchup: Michigan playing like Michigan vs. Michigan playing like the Little Giants ( the bad version, not the good version at the end of the movie )
Pass offense vs. Maryland
Michigan will try to throw the ball at some point vs Maryland. The Terripans have some guys who play in the secondary and they may or may not good. Michigans receivers have stunk up the joint so far this year. Also Devin Gardner has PTSD and is going to need years of counseling to recover.
Key Matchup: Can any Michigan receivers get open and or catch the ball when it is thrown in their direction???
Run Defense vs. Maryland.
Maryland will try to run the ball. I don't think they are very good at this, and Michigan has been pretty decent against the run, except for the Minnysoda game, in which they were beaten to a pulp.
Key Matchup: Mikchigan's D-Line vs. Maryland's O-Line. Have to win this battle if we want to win this game.
Pass Defense vs. Maryland
Michigan has already taken away Maryland's best receiver ( Stefon Diggs ) who is out for the rest of the season with a lacerated Kidney. And apparently whomever is the Maryland quarterback is an even more broken version of Devin Gardner. Which probably means he'll throw for 600 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Key Matchup: Michigan's defense making lots of loud noises to make the Maryland's QB PTSD come to life.
Special Teams: Will Matt Wile continue to make field goals? How many times will Hagerup punt? How drunk will I be by the time this game ends?
Key Matchup: Lets actually try to return a punt
Michigan wins which will cause a few people to say we should keep Hoke for one more year
Michigans Offensive Line spontaniously combusts.
Devin Gardner ends up in a padded cell
Cackle with Knowing Glee if...
Michigan gets blown out paving the way for Jim Harbaugh to come save the day
Devin Gardner forgets his PTSD and throws for a billion yards and 19 touchdowns
Doug Nussmeier Figures out that play action does not work if you cannot run the ball.
Fear/ Paranoia level: 10 ( Because I don't want Hoke to coach at MICH anymore)
Need to win level: 1 ( this season is fucked anyways. )
3 Opportunities to Make me look dumber than I am:
Devin Funchess does not drop a single pass.
Michigan holds Maryland to under 40 yards on the ground
Michigan's seniors will come out and have a great day.
Prediction: Maryland 18 Michigan 9
EDIT: ( Even though the preview is up on the main page now, I'm still going to post this because I spent 20 hard minutes writing it. Enjoy!)
Anyone know a good Michigan Bar in Boston? Harvard Square would be good too. Here for the Pats/Lions game Sunday, but want to get out in the city and catch us play Maryland tomorrow.
Any help is much appreciated.
A week or so ago, it was announced that in the name of newly forged (read: forced) rivalries, it was announced that Wisconsin and Nebraska would compete for the woefully generic "Freedom Trophy".
This anouncement was met with the appropriate disdain from the fan bases and the college football community.
Thankfully, we have been saved from two teams competing for the most-half-assed trophies ever, due to the levity of Goldy the Gopher and the beloved and mysterious FauxPelini.
Hey @FauxPelini, how about a friendly wager for this weekend's game? Team that gets the most points gets a conference win? Seem fair?— Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 20, 2014
@GoldytheGopher OK how about if we win you give me $5, if you win I get to smash a wooden chair over your back— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) November 20, 2014
.@FauxPelini just as long as we can turn that $5 or bits of broken chair into a trophy for next year's game— Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 20, 2014
@GoldytheGopher most Big Ten trophies cost less than $5 to make so sure— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) November 20, 2014
Thankfully, because this is the internet, there is always someone who can do this kind of thing, and has the free time to do it. So a user on Reddit's college football board (/r/CFB), made a glorious digital mock up of what the proposed trophy should look like:
Goldy then followed this up by coming through with it and producing his own (non-digital) edition of the trophy...
Complete with TWO(!!!) $5 bills
And it's a trophy I think we all can get behind, and one that will be cherished for generations to come.
With all the talk about imbalance between academics and athletics it appears Ivy league schools are trending toward wanting excellence in sports. Here is an interesting article in the WSJ today. What I found irritating is the article refers only to Stanford and Notre Dame in discussing excellence in academic reputation and athletics.
John U. Bacon on WTKA this morning:
- The new coach won't be another RichRod (an outsider).
- The new coach won't be another Hoke (a mid-level relative unknown who does have Michigan ties).
- The new coach WILL be one of the 4-5 names that won't go away: Jim Harbaugh, Les Miles, etc.
He claims no inside knowledge - these are just gut feelings. Nothing new really, but when JUB speaks, it's always worth a thread.