"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
The opening montage for ESPN College GameDay now includes a snippet of 'The Catch' vs BYU. It made my morning, but I can't wait until that montage is a basically a Michigan highlight reel.
Are you going or are you there?
Virtual check-in. I'm so pumped.
I've been living in Korea for eight years so this is my first game since then. And my teenage son's first game since he was a little kid. And with my dad (who was a teacher at Tappen Middle School and got beat by Harbaugh in the students vs. teachers basketball game by - I kid you not - Jim Harbaugh who sank two free throws with one second left to beat those teachers by one point! That's our coach, who yelled for all to hear while he was wating at the free throw line and the teachers were waiting on the bench during a timeout trying to ice him: "Hurry up, I have a game to win!" I kid you not).
Three generations representing UM on this beautiful fall afternoon in lovely Maryland. Did I mention that we are pumped?
ROLL CALL - Go Blue!
Someone asked if we could borrow last week's weather for this week - if only! It's going to be a raw day, no question about it. We have high pressure to the north, a stationary front along the coast, an upper level low over the SE U.S., and then of course Joaquin to the south as well. Being smooshed between a couple of systems will keep us in breezy NE winds, and that upper low is helping to bring some of Joaquin's moisture on up for more rain. I'd wear a couple layers and a poncho!
If you're traveling...
Rainy & windy! We actually have a flood watch through Saturday morning. Estimates show 2-3+" of rainfall overnight, and with another good 1/4" possible in the morning, be careful of ponding on the roads. I also wouldn't wear the nicest shoes, since there'll be plenty of puddles and mud around! You're probably going to want the hot coffee heading out the door too - temps will be in the low 50s to start our Saturday. Winds will remain up, steady in the upper teens (leaves and papers blow about, small branches sway) and there will be gusts into the low 30s (you can hear the wind whistle, it's hard to use an umbrella).
56 degrees to start the game. Cloudy skies with a pretty good chance it'll rain at some point in the first half. Good news is, showers look to break up a lot after lunch, so although they're still relatively likely, we may catch a break. Winds remain high, up around 17mph with gusts into the low 30s (empty garbage cans tip over, big trees sway).
Anyone up for hot chocolate? Up a degree by the half, but we're going to keep the gray skies around, and still have a decent chance for showers. The positive side to a little rain is there doesn't look to be much lightning - ok, ok, I know that's not super awesome news, but we gotta take what we can get out of a day like this! Winds haven't budged.
Topping out in the upper 50s in College Park - a day below normal for them (go figure, nice weather returns this coming week). More scattered showers are possible throughout the rest of the day and overnight, but they do taper off quite a bit into Sunday. We stay in the mid 50s temperature-wise through the rest of the night, with NE winds staying up at 20mph, gusting in the low 30s. Go blue!
If you're staying home...
A gray day with scattered showers passing through. We're going to struggle to hit 50 degrees today, and we'll spend most of the day in the 40s. Breezy for us here too, with winds out of the ENE around 20mph, gusting to 30mph. We lose the gusts around dinner-time, but keep steady NE winds at 15mph into the late-night. Temperatures will remain in the mid 40s through the evening and overnight. Grab the jacket if you're headed out to watch the game!