"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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!)
I am attending the Chicago Football Preview featuring our very own Brian, Sam Webb, and Gerry Dinardo. Does anybody have any questions they want asked?
Getting excited for the season hope you all are also. Closer than you think.
As a follow up to my earlier thread that Brian (and others) are appearing at the Chicago Alumni Association's Football Preview Event, I just got an email with some more info:
2013 Michigan Football Preview Night with Brian Cook, Gerry Dinardo, and Sam Webb - NEW INFO
When: Wednesday, July 24, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Where: Jenner & Block, LLP, 353 N. Clark, 45th Floor
Cost: $25 for Alumni Association members; $40 for non-members
Details: Join us for an exciting night in anticipation of Michigan's 2013 football season. Following a cocktail reception, we’ll hear from three experts on Wolverine and Big Ten football. Brian Cook (MGoBlog) will discuss a few X-factors for success in the Wolverines’ coming season; Sam Webb (WTKA & GoBlueWolverine) will talk about U of M’s incoming players and Coach Hoke’s 2014-15 recruiting; and Gerry Dinardo (Big Ten Network & 670 The Score) will discuss the Wolverines’ schedule and his view of how they'll fare in the Big Ten and nationally. Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A where our speakers will field questions from you! For more information on our panelists, visit our club's homepage.
The cost of attendance includes light appetizers, beer, and wine, and all profits from the event will go toward our club's scholarship fund for Chicago-area U of M students. Space for this event is limited, so register now!
Registration: To register, click here or call the Alumni Association at 800-847-4764.
Contact: Questions? Email Bruce Canetti at email@example.com..
EDIT: Just registered and it said that capacity was 140 people, so if you'd like to go register now.
Football Preview Event with Special Guests - SAVE THE DATE
When: Wednesday, July 24, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Downtown Chicago (further details TBA)
Details: Come join us for an exciting night in anticipation of Michigan's 2013 football season. The event will feature three experts on Wolverine and Big Ten football: (1) Brian Cook from MGoBlog (also formerly AOL Fanhouse and The Sporting Blog); (2) Sam Webb from WTKA, GoBlueWolverine, and The Detroit News; and (3) Gerry Dinardo from the Big Ten Network and 670 The Score. Each of our panelists will discuss a few specific topics before answering questions from you! Further details, including location, to follow.
Contact: Questions? Email Bruce Canetti at firstname.lastname@example.org
Got an email with the above information from the U of M Chicago Alumni Association. Mark your calendars, Brian's coming to the Windy City. After hearing about last year's event in DC I'm thrilled that Brian will be travelling west on I-94. I know we've got a big contingent of MGoBloggers in Chicago, and I look forward to meeting some of you IRL.