Preseason Michigan Ranking from Athlon, Lindy's, and Steet&Smith's

Preseason Michigan Ranking from Athlon, Lindy's, and Steet&Smith's

Submitted by SkyPanther on May 30th, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Preseaon ranking from 3 well known sources:


Athlon: Michigan at #5



Lindy's: Michigan at #18



Street&Smith: Michigan at #9


It looks like all of them think Michigan is going to lose to Ohio St. But a lot of this rests on whether Shea Patterson has an average or great year. If early on, it looks like Shea Patterson is better than sliced bread for Michigan, all these predictions get thrown out the window, and it's on for a real shot at the Final 4.


But let's wait and see. It starts with beating Notre Dame!


HatTip to Sean Keeler of Land of 10--Michigan for the article:

Michigan Football Trivia on a Wednesday (now with answers!)

Michigan Football Trivia on a Wednesday (now with answers!)

Submitted by Brian Griese on May 30th, 2018 at 11:29 AM

Last night I got to wondering: When has Michigan won a game in which they did not score a Touchdown?  Doing research this morning, I believe I have found the 5 most recent games in which Michigan won without hitting paydirt. 

So I pose the question to the readers of this blog: Can you name the 5 most recent games Michigan won without scoring a TD?

Bonus question: Can you name the game Michigan won without scoring a TD in regulation, but did find the end zone in OT?

I will post the answers later.  No looking it up unless you are really stumped.  And no checking SuperGuides either.

Hint 1: I was born in 1988.  To the best of my research, two of these games were in my lifetime. 

Hint 2:  Michigan did score TD's in two notable poor weather games that resulted in victories (1998 Northwestern, 1950 OSU).  However, there is one other they did not...


EDIT #1: I am looking for games where Michigan did not score a TD in any way.  This does not include games where Michigan may have scored a TD on Special Teams or Defense but not on offense. 


EDIT #2: Answers - It looks like everyone that offered up answers were able to get the two most recent ones correct, 2012 vs. MSU (12-10) and 1995 vs. Purdue (5-0 nasty weather game).  It does not appear anyone came up with the three oldest ones on the list, then again I doubted anyone would.  I do believe these other three to be the most recent but if someone thinks I missed one I would be happy to look into it more.

  • 1932 @ Minnesota (3-0)
  • 1928 vs MSU (3-0)
  • 1928 vs Illinois (3-0)

Most everyone got the bonus question as well, that was 2013 @ Northwestern.  Maybe another time we could examine recent wins in which all Michigan scoring was via Special Teams. 

Happy 139th Birthday, Michigan Football!

Happy 139th Birthday, Michigan Football!

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 30th, 2018 at 11:13 AM

139 years ago today at White Stockings Park in Chicago, Michigan took on Racine in the first game in Michigan Football history. 

Irving Pond scored the first TD in Michigan history, and captain David DeTarr scored the winning goal kick to give Michigan the 1-0 win.

TDs didn't count unless you made the goal kick.


The heat was oppressive, but despite the heat, about 500 students of Racine and citizens of Chicago witnessed, what we may call, the finest game of Rugby foot-ball ever played this side of the Alleghanies.
A rest of ten minutes given the teams, during which Mr. Keeler and other graduates amused themselves with a few kicks, but they only succeeded in covering themselves not with glory, but with dirt. The second inning opened by a good kick-off by Captain DeTarr.
In a short time a touch-down was made by our team and a kick was made by Captain DeTarr for the goal, which, according to the referee's deicision, missed ; but our umpire and the whole team and the spectators declared the goal was safely made ; however, we did not wish to dispute with the referee, yet, we must suggest, he is as liable to be mistaken as anyone else.

Captain David DeTarr


2019 in-state DE Ruke Orhorhoro names Michigan to top 4

2019 in-state DE Ruke Orhorhoro names Michigan to top 4

Submitted by Magnus on May 30th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

River Rouge (MI) River Rouge defensive end Ruke Orhorhoro named Michigan to his top four, along with Clemson, Indiana, and Kentucky. Orhorhoro is a guy who has not been talked about a ton in this recruiting cycle, at least not by Michigan fans. He's a 3-star, the #63 WDE, and #981 overall. Right now there's only one crystal ball pick in, and it's for Michigan (it came from Demetric Warren).

24/7 quotes Uche RE: Al Washington, Ed Warriner, QBs

24/7 quotes Uche RE: Al Washington, Ed Warriner, QBs

Submitted by Salinger on May 30th, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Nice little puff piece over on 24/7. Josh Uche has some boilerplate things to say about coaches, QBs, and the OLine. More than anything I think it's promising to hear that he's making progress. I'd love to see Josh Uche become a 3rd down missile set to blow up opposing QBs. 



Bagman Documentary: Foul Play Episodes 1-4

Bagman Documentary: Foul Play Episodes 1-4

Submitted by farside286 on May 30th, 2018 at 7:23 AM

The original bagman article written was written by SB Nation's Steven Godfrey (link here in case you haven't read it: a little over four years ago.   It brought to light what everyone knew was happening in some extent.

We'll he's back with a new documentary series covering this topic in way more detail.  Sounds like this will be heavily featuring Ole Miss's 2013 class.

Episode 1-4 were released and can be viewed here.

Comment below your thoughts.

The Big House documentary

The Big House documentary

Submitted by scanner blue on May 30th, 2018 at 6:34 AM

"The Big House" will be showing June 2 at 7pm at the State and June10 at 1pm in the Michigan Theatre Screening Room as part of the Cinetopia Film Festival. This has previously screened at the AA Film Festival, the Freep Film Festival and The Berlin Critics Week.

This is a film by visiting professor Kazahiro Soda and 16 other (U of M) cinematographers/editors let loose on two different Saturdays during the 2016 season. Their motto "film anything but the game" gives you 2 hours of everything happening at Michigan Stadium sans football.


Link to review with trailer for tickets.

There are...

There are...

Submitted by JWG Wolverine on May 30th, 2018 at 12:32 AM

...days until Jason Horn (DT 1992-1995) watches the 2018 version of his alma mater's defense force ND coaches to look for the Tylenol, as they beat the snot out of the Irish offense at smaller knockoff Michigan Stadium in South Bend (and not Soldier Field, right?)!

(One of the shortest wiki pages I've ever read btw)

So excited, Don Brown will have 'em seeing maize and blue spots!

Go Blue and To Hell With Notre Dame!

Jourdan Lewis thinks Lavert Hill and Ambry Thomas are 'Ahead of Where He Was'

Jourdan Lewis thinks Lavert Hill and Ambry Thomas are 'Ahead of Where He Was'

Submitted by SkyPanther on May 30th, 2018 at 12:06 AM

Jourdan Lewis hosted the "Jourdan Lewis WR vs. DB Skills Camp" in Detroit this past weekend. Lavert Hill and Ambrey Thomas attended. Here's what he said about them, and about Michigan's secondary:


According to Lewis, Hill and Thomas focused on attention to detail, repeating every drill until they had them down pat. He believes both are ahead of where he was at the same point in his Michigan career.

“I’m pretty sure they’re going to be one of the best, if not the best, secondaries in the country,” he said.






HatTip to Maize N Brew for the link:



Mind-blowing WR statistics from 2017

Mind-blowing WR statistics from 2017

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 29th, 2018 at 9:48 PM

Saw this tweeted earlier and was shocked by it.

I knew Grant Perry was our leading receiver with very few yards but I didn't know only 3 TDs last year were by WRs......

Player Rec. Yds. Yds/Rec. Yds/Gm TD Lng
Grant Perry 25 307 12.3 27.9 1 33
Zack Gentry 17 303 17.8 23.3 2 36
Sean McKeon 31 301 9.7 23.2 3 36
Donovan Peoples-Jones 22 277 12.6 21.3 0 48
Kekoa Crawford 17 243 14.3 22.1 1 43
Chris Evans 16 157 9.8 12.1 1 24
Tarik Black 11 149 13.5 49.7 1 46
Karan Higdon 8 131 16.4 10.1 0 35
Eddie McDoom 11 81 7.4 6.8 0 24
Khalid Hill 5 62 12.4 4.8 0 22
Nick Eubanks 2 61 30.5 15.2 0 48
Nate Schoenle 4 41 10.2 3.7 0 15
Nico Collins 3 27 9.0 6.8 0 13
Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. 3 26 8.7 2.4 0 15
Henry Poggi 2 21 10.5 1.6 0 11
Ty Isaac 3 16 5.3 1.8 0 10
Drake Harris 1 10 10.0 2.0 0 10
Maurice Ways 3 7 2.3 0.7 0 4
Ian Bunting 1 6 6.0 0.5 0 6