Michigan football and Ohio State prepared to square off in game of the century part II
The Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes are prepared to square off in the game of the century II for a chance to represent the east division in the Big Ten Championship, remain undefeated, and have bragging rights for the next 365 days.
Michigan injury report, keys to victory: Indiana shines in one area
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sandwiched in between two games that may determine Michigan’s trajectory this season is Indiana, a scrappy, middling Big Ten team Jim Harbaugh knows well. The Wolverines are currently 22-point betting favorites and ride a 5-0 record into the game, and coming off an impressive 27-14 win at Iowa. DOUBTFUL:Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh high-fives Michigan Wolverines tight end Erick All (83) Michigan faces off against Colorado State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. There’s been no indication of late that he’s close to returning, forcing Michigan to lean on Michael Barrett and Kalel Mullings for another week. The Hoosiers have thrown the ball more than any other FBS team this season, averaging more than 49 attempts per game.mlive.com
Michigan special teams star out with season-ending injury
Injuries continue to pile up for the Michigan football team, and the latest serves as a major blow to special teams. The Michigan program has not confirmed the injury, with head coach Jim Harbaugh saying earlier in the week he did not want to discuss injuries. More: At Michigan, Eyabi Okie is out to change the narrative about himThe injury to Kolesar is a blow to Michigan’s special teams unit, widely regarded as on of the best in the Big Ten. “I’ve always loved (special teams),” Kolesar said last month. Running back Donovan Edwards and offensive lineman Trevor Keegan both returned last week for Michigan, which takes its 5-0 on the road again this week at Indiana.mlive.com
A.J. Henning brings ‘speed, elusiveness’ to Michigan’s punt return unit
Henning was Michigan’s top-ranked recruit in the 2020 class, boasting elite speed and elusiveness that make him a threat every time he has the ball. Harbaugh indeed gave the sophomore wideout the reigns, and Henning took advantage, totaling 76 yards on five returns in a 63-10 win at Michigan Stadium. Junior safety Caden Kolesar had been handling punt return duties since senior receiver Ronnie Bell suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener, but Harbaugh has said he prefers Kolesar blocking on the punt return unit instead. “He’s very dynamic with the ball in his hand,” Harbaugh said of Henning, the No. “You can see, when it comes to speed and elusiveness, I mean he’s one of the best on the team, right there with Roman Wilson.mlive.com
5 things to watch for in Michigan’s game vs. Northern Illinois
And after back-to-back wins to open the slate, the Wolverines enter their Saturday afternoon game against Northern Illinois (noon, Big Ten) as four-touchdown betting favorites according to oddsmakers. To put it succinctly, Michigan is supposed to win this game on Saturday and win big. It was the biggest question to come out of Michigan’s 31-10 win over Washington last Saturday: Where was the passing game? Quarterback Cade McNamara only attempted 15 passes — completing seven of them for 44 yards — while Michigan’s offense kept up the ground-and-pound attack. With a Rocky Lombardi-led NIU offense on deck, opportunities should be there for Michigan.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh says these 11 true freshmen will get early playing time for Michigan football
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan football got very little help from its freshman class last season, but according to head coach Jim Harbaugh, at least 11 true freshmen will contribute early in the 2019 season. He's going to play and work into that safety position, but he's really done extremely well." Receivers Cornelius Johnson, Giles Jackson will be playing both special teams and then working their way into the receiver position." Turner has been really good playing in special teams," Harbaugh said. He's going to be very good and playing."