Takeaways, observations from Michigan State’s ugly loss to Minnesota
A week after a 39-28 loss at Washington, Michigan State (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) was steamrolled 34-7 at home by Minnesota (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) on Saturday. But they thoroughly dominated Michigan State from the start and imposed their will with little resistance. * Getting back to the zero punts for Minnesota – Michigan State’s defense is a mess. It was the second straight game Michigan State ran only six plays in the opening quarter. Related Michigan State football stories:Jayden Reed back in uniform for Michigan State while other starters out vs. MinnesotaPayton Thorne looking to carry improvement into Big Ten play5 things to watch in Michigan State vs. Minnesota and a final score predictionP.J.mlive.com
Overheard outside Michigan State’s locker room: Not much to say and taking one on the chin
Michigan State followed a defeat at Washington with a 34-7 loss against Minnesota at home on Saturday. We’re not good enough to leave it up to one side of the ball.”- Tucker on the loss after Michigan State was outgained 508 to 240 in total offense. Michigan State looking for answers after another lopsided loss“We were terrible on third down today defensively.”- Tucker on Minnesota finishing 10-for-12 on third down. Mel Tucker ‘very confident’ in coaching staff despite Michigan State’s struggles“Some drives he used his legs and we (weren’t) expecting that. Related Michigan State football stories:Jayden Reed back in uniform for Michigan State while other starters out vs. MinnesotaPayton Thorne looking to carry improvement into Big Ten play5 things to watch in Michigan State vs. Minnesota and a final score predictionP.J.mlive.com
5 things to watch in Michigan State vs. Minnesota and a final score prediction
Michigan State (2-1) opens Big Ten play on Saturday (3:30 p.m., BTN) against Minnesota (3-0) in East Lansing. Michigan State owns a 30-17 advantage in the all-time series against Minnesota, including five straight wins. Minnesota loses top receiver to injury heading into Michigan State gameCoach P.J. Michigan State will face a major challenge attempting to limit the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Ibrahim and the Golden Gophers on the ground and may be shorthanded up front. Michigan State 27, Minnesota 24Related Michigan State football stories:Spartan Confidential podcast: Will Michigan State bounce back vs. Minnesota?mlive.com
Grieving QB Morgan values connection, support from Gophers
Last month, Tanner Morgan lost his closest confidant and biggest fan. Minnesota's fourth-year quarterback has found plenty of both among his coaches and teammates, as if he had any doubt about the depth of their connection. Morgan's father, Ted, died in July of brain cancer.news.yahoo.com
Big Ten teams have losing record at home with fan-free games
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan’s football players charged out of the Big House tunnel and leaped to touch a banner at midfield, following a tradition that has made 100,000-plus fans roar for decades. All five Big Ten teams that hosted games last Saturday lost. That bleak day dropped the overall record for home games in the conference to 6-7 during the COVID-19 pandemic that has sharply limited attendance at the stadiums. Of course, the Big Ten is just two games into its pandemic-shortened, eight-game season. Each Michigan players was allowed to have four tickets for family and friends last week while Michigan State's football program was given 300 tickets to distribute.
Maryland shocks Minnesota 45-44 in OT on missed conversion
Maryland celebrate after defeating Minnesota during overtime of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 45-44 in overtime. Minnesota's Brock Walker sent an extra-point try wide right after the potential tying touchdown, giving Maryland a stunning 45-44 comeback victory Friday night. Never in school history had Maryland won after trailing by 17 points in the fourth quarter. Jake Funk ran for a career-best 221 yards, and Maryland totaled a whopping 675 yards of offense.
Big Ten picks: MLive’s predictions for Michigan-Michigan State
Indiana pre-2020 would be more at risk of the latter, but the Scarlet Knights shouldn’t provide much resistance, despite coming off a season-opening win against Michigan State. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)APMICHIGAN STATE at MICHIGANWhen: 12 p.m. SaturdayTV: FOXLatest line: Michigan -25JS: You have to go back to 2006 for a Michigan-Michigan State game that didn’t have Mark Dantonio as the Spartans' head coach. Michigan 42, Michigan State 12Aaron McMann: I’m not expecting this game to be close. Michigan 42, Michigan State 14Matt Wenzel: The Mel Tucker era at Michigan State got off to a disastrous start with seven turnovers in a home loss to Rutgers while Michigan rolled at Minnesota. Michigan 41, Michigan State 17MLive staff picks:mlive.com
Michigan CB Vincent Gray grades out well in opener, still vows to be better
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown stuck to his principles in Saturday’s opener against Minnesota, despite starting two inexperienced cornerbacks. “I thought Vincent played really well, graded out really well,” Harbaugh said in a video conference call with reporters. But outside of that completion, Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan didn’t look Gray’s way very often. “I just feel like, with the way our defensive line is playing, the quarterback is just not putting the ball out there,” Gray said. Reed had to sit out last season after transferring from Western Michigan, but he’s expected to be the Spartans' No.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh ‘proud’ of Michigan’s convincing win at Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — Jim Harbaugh had a hunch that Saturday night’s game was going to be a back-and-forth affair. “We knew Minnesota was good and the momentum was going to change, probably 9-12 times, in the game,” Harbaugh told reporters after. “Just every time our guys needed to step up and make a play and get that momentum back, they did tonight,” Harbaugh said. The game seemed to stabilize in the second half, with both teams trading touchdowns to start before Michigan’s defense took over. “Just honored to be their coach and go out there tonight and take the field with them and fight,” Harbaugh said.mlive.com
Halftime analysis: Michigan football up big in wild opener
While all eyes were on Michigan quarterback Joe Milton Saturday, the first half between the 18th-ranked Wolverines and No. Sophomore Zach Charbonnet got things go early on, breaking a 70-yard touchdown run on the Wolverines' second drive of the game. Jeter and his 6-foot-3, 318-pound frame returned the football 15 yards for a touchdown. But Michigan, despite two penalties, responded with an impressive 10-play, 77-yard touchdown drive highlighted by a 23-yard run by Milton. So far, so good for the Wolverines, who have 241 yards of total offense despite a four-minute time-of-possession deficit.mlive.com
Michigan routs Minnesota in season opener: Live updates recap
Michigan 49, Minnesota 242:49 -- Michigan drive starts on Minnesota 30Redshirt freshman Cade McNamara replaced Joe Milton at quarterback. Michigan 49, Minnesota 243:37 -- Minnesota drive starts on own 20On the second play of the drive, linebacker Josh Ross picked of Tanner Morgan. Michigan 7, Minnesota 712:43 -- Michigan drive starts on own 30Well, it only took one play for Michigan to answer. Michigan 7, Minnesota 712:02 -- Minnesota drive starts on Michigan 17The Golden Gophers started with great field position after the blocked punt and took advantage. Minnesota 7, Michigan 015:00 -- Michigan drive starts on own 30As expected, redshirt sophomore Joe Milton starts at quarterback.mlive.com
4 reasons Michigan football could lose to Minnesota, and why I’m picking Michigan anyway
Michigan and Minnesota haven’t met since 2017, when the Wolverines walloped the Golden Gophers in a weather-delayed, soaking wet night game. Well, I’m about to break down four well-thought-out reasons why Michigan will lose to Minnesota, then I’m going to pick Michigan to win anyway. It’s like Minnesota picked up a “Michigan letdown game” appetizer menu and ordered an entire sampler platter. Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. At times last season, Michigan struggled to get pressure on the quarterback.
Q&A with Minnesota beat writer: Who’s going to help WR Rashod Bateman?
Minnesota brings back its 1-2 punch from a season ago, quarterback Tanner Morgan and Big Ten receiver of the year Rashod Bateman, in what should be another explosive Golden Gophers offense. Q: Minnesota surprised some folks last year in the Big Ten with its 11-win season and dazzling offensive display. If Big Ten Receiver of the Year Rashod Bateman had stayed opted out, my answer might have changed. 3 receiver last year who had some sparkling moments, but he’s going to need to take some of the heat off Rashod. I do think Fleck likes it here.mlive.com
Michigan football’s season opener vs. Minnesota will kick off at night
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The 2020 Michigan football season will kick off with a top 25 matchup under the lights. 24 Minnesota will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Minnesota is one of four ranked teams on Michigan’s eight-game regular season schedule. One week after the opener against Minnesota, Jim Harbaugh’s team will host in-state rival Michigan State on Halloween. More Michigan football storiesPredictions:Lists:Player profiles:
Michigan football opponent preview: the opener vs. Minnesota’s potent offense
The Gophers get an opportunity to make a strong statement to start 2020: Michigan visits for the opener on Oct. 24. For a Michigan team whose best cornerback opted out, Bateman will provide a major test right out the gate. On the other side of the ball, Minnesota’s total defense ranked 10th in the country last season, one spot ahead of Michigan. How much will home-field advantage matter for Minnesota, or any Big Ten team, in a season without fans? More Michigan football content:Big Ten football team previews: A look at the contenders and pretendersProjecting Michigan football’s Week 1 depth chart, version 1.0Michigan ‘tweaking’ defense to fit strengths, Don Brown saysBig Ten football is back, but other fall sports will have to waitmlive.com
Fleck, Gophers dismiss momentum loss: 'Kind of make-believe'
Viewing the loss of the 2020 schedule in a vacuum, however, is never the perspective that Fleck and his staff and players would take. The more time we have to build this football team, the better were going to be, Fleck said. The pandemic already cost the Gophers one star player, with NFL-bound wide receiver Rashod Bateman opting out for health reasons. The original 2020 slate had plenty of advantages for the Gophers, with no Ohio State or Penn State on the schedule and no road games until October. Now were going to do it our way, Fleck said, adding: There will be another season.
Minnesota football vs. Iowa: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
IOWA CITY Seventh-ranked Minnesota looks to keep its perfect record intact when it visits No. LINE: Iowa -3"It's a big game for this program and it's a big game for this state," Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman told reporters. Iowa has won six of the last seven overall meetings with the Golden Gophers. Minnesota has won 11 consecutive games, which is tied for the third-longest streak in the nation. PREDICTION: Iowa 26, Minnesota 24
Penn State football vs. Minnesota: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
"As the year has got on, like good programs and coaches do, they keep getting better," Penn State coach James Franklin told reporters of Minnesota. ABOUT PENN STATE (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten)Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford is second in the Big Ten in passing yards (1,931) and touchdowns (20), four of which came in the win over the Spartans. Sophomore Rashod Bateman (644 receiving yards, six TDs) and senior Tyler Johnson (626, seven) are the top receivers in that big-play passing game. Penn State owns a 9-5 series advantage, winning the last meeting in 2016 on an overtime TD run by Saquon Barkley. PREDICTION: Penn State 28, Minnesota 21
Minnesota football vs. Maryland: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
16 Minnesota looks to keep its perfect record intact when it hosts Maryland in Big Ten play on Saturday. LINE: Minnesota -17"You just have to bring your best every Saturday," Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan told reporters. "They're playing with a great amount of confidence because they've won the close games that we haven't." Maryland has forced a turnover in 19 straight games, which is the second-longest streak in the nation. PREDICTION: Minnesota 38, Maryland 20More college football scores
Minnesota football vs. Rutgers: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
The 20th-ranked Golden Gophers attempt to move to 7-0 for the first time since 1960 on Saturday when they pay a visit to Rutgers for the first time in program history. Minnesota has scored at least 28 points in each of its first six contests for the first time since 1905. The Scarlet Knights have dropped 16 consecutive conference games and scored seven or fewer points in 11 of them. The Gophers are attempting to go 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1967. PREDICTION: Minnesota 38, Rutgers 3More college football scores
Nebraska football vs. Minnesota: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - After flirting with danger in each of its first four games, Minnesota finally delivered the kind of complete performance expected from a team that owns one of the longer winning streaks in the country. The 25th-ranked Golden Gophers seek an eighth straight victory overall Saturday when they host a Nebraska team that could be without at least two of its most important offensive players. Minnesota's 78 points through its first two Big Ten games are its most since 1986. The Gophers last week held a Big Ten opponent without an offensive touchdown for the first time since 2012. PREDICTION: Minnesota 31, Nebraska 21More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Minnesota football vs. Illinois: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
The Minnesota Gophers dance on the bench as they await a kick against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at TCF Bank Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by HannahMINNEAPOLIS - After a run of close games to start the season, Minnesota will be in search of an emphatic win when it hosts Illinois on Saturday in a Big Ten contest. 18 Michigan next on the docket, the Fighting Illini are in must-win mode against the Gophers after letting two wins slip away. Minnesota, which has won six of the last eight games with Illinois to take a 38-30-3 lead in the series, needs one win to become the 28th school to reach 700 victories. PREDICTION: Minnesota 47, Illinois 34More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Michigan Faces Biggest Challenge Yet, Defending The Big House Against Iowa
19 Michigan tops Big Ten scheduleHeres what to watch in the Big Ten this week:GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 19 MichiganMichigan (3-1, 1-1) has yet to impress, never mind that 52-0 home win last week over a Rutgers team a day away from firing its coach. 4 Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 4.8 sacks per game despite injury issues on the defensive line. FACTS AND FIGURESMichigan State has beaten Ohio State three times since 2011, most of any team in the Big Ten. Maryland (at Rutgers), which outscored its first two opponents 142-20, has been outscored 79-17 in its last two games.detroit.cbslocal.com
Minnesota football vs. Georgia Southern: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Fleck when it hosts Georgia Southern in the final game of its non-conference slate on Saturday. Minnesota is 10-0 all-time against Sun Belt Conference opponents and hopes to stay perfect by notching its 12th consecutive home win in non-conference play. "It was kind of nerve-wracking at first but as I got into the game things started to slow down for me." Gophers RB Rodney Smith needs 124 yards to move past Chris Darkins (3,235) for fifth place on the program's all-time rushing list. PREDICTION: Minnesota 41, Georgia Southern 17More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.