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Here are the week 1 games for our 2011 opponents (all times are EST):
Thursday Sep. 1
UNLV @ Wisconsin*, 8 PM, ESPN ESPN3
Friday Sep 2
Youngstown State @ MSU, 7:30 PM, BTN
Saturday Sep 3
Akron @ Ohio (state), 12 PM, ESPN ESPN3
Northwestern @ BC, 12 PM, ESPNU
Middle Tennessee @ Purdue, 12 PM, BTN
Tennessee Tech @ Iowa, 12 PM, BTN
South FL @ Notre Dame, 3:30 PM, NBC
Minnesota @ USC, 3:30 PM, ABC ESPN2 ESPN3
Arkansas State @ Illinois, 3:30 PM, BTN
Chattanooga @ Nebraska, 3:30 PM, none listed
Howard @ Eastern Michigan, 7 PM, none listed
Cal Poly @ San Diego State, 10 PM, none listed
2011 opponents are in bold text.
*Potential 13th opponent in B1G championship game
Mostly cupcakes in week 1 per usual. I would say out of this entire list the Minnesota game intrigues me the most, although it will be on at the same time as our game, so I will probably not catch very much of it (those of you with dual TV setups are in luck). In the 12pm Saturday slot I will probably watch the NW game. They face a historically decent BCS opponent on the road. Might also be interesting to check out the OSU game to see how the offense rolls with the new QB.
What games will you be watching?
If anyone finds the TV listings for the games missing please pass that information along.
Jason Whitlock (Fox Sports) put out a very good article about Hoke today. He's not my favorite writer, but the article is excellent. And, apparently, he knows Hoke well because both are alums of Ball State. Just reading the article got me pumped for this week's game and further strengthened my belief that Hoke is the right person to be the HC at Michigan at this point in time.
Title says most of it, but it does sound like Braxton Miller will be given snaps early in the season in an attempt to see if he can take the job as a True Freshman.
This might be pushing the limits of legitimate game week content, but this was a fun distraction for me, so it might be fun for others, too.
The challenge is to assemble the best possible starting roster of current and former Michigan players to play one season right now (in the shape they're likely in today). Assume that no one's injured and feel free to be creative with positions.
I'm probably forgetting some guys, but the toughest spots for me were tight end (couldn't bring myself to include Carson Butler), fullback (?), and safety (surprise, surprise).
QB Tom Brady
RB Mike Hart
WR Braylon Edwards
WR Mario Manningham
WR Steve Breaston
TE Kevin Koger
OT Jake Long
OG Steve Hutchinson
C David Molk
OG David Baas
OT Jeff Backus
DE Brandon Graham
DT Alan Branch
DT Mike Martin
DE James Hall
LB LaMarr Woodley
LB David Harris
LB Dhani Jones
CB Leon Hall
CB Morgan Trent
S Charles Woodson
S Marlin Jackson
K Jay Feely
P Zoltan Mesko
KR Denard Robinson (needed an excuse to get him in)
Yours in procrastination,
EDIT: By the way, this would be a totally respectable NFL starting lineup, wouldn't it?
In addition to yeterday's 100 update featuring Kyle Kalis (22), Eric Magnuson (44), Ondre Pipkins (53), and Royce Jenkins-Stone (97), a few Michigan commits made the 250 list in the update. They are James Ross (158), Joe Bolden (184), and Terry Richardson (214).