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Around the Big Ten

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BY MICHAEL BERTENTHAL AND RYAN KNAPP

The Big Ten features several less-than-thrilling games this week, as teams gear up for the fast-approaching conference season.
Ohio at No. 2 Ohio State

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At middle linebacker, Ezeh emerges as a leader

BY NATE SANDALS

All summer, the Michigan defense got a lot of hype — most of it highlighting the veteran line and secondary.

But when the Wolverines took the field against Utah last Saturday, it was the leader of the unheralded linebacker corps — redshirt sophomore Obi Ezeh — who made the biggest impact.

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Quarterback shuffle continues after mediocre performances

Rodrigo Gaya/Daily

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

It’s not often that a one-time walk-on receives some of the wildest pregame cheers from the Michigan Stadium crowd.
On Saturday, that ovation belonged to Nick Sheridan. But this weekend, the home fans may be cheering for last week's second choice.
After redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan and redshirt freshman Steven Threet turned in less-than-thrilling performances in Saturday's 25-23 loss to Utah, the Wolverines still have no clear-cut frontrunner for the job.

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Dan Feldman: Michigan not lacking hype, needs more substance

(RODRIGO GAYA/Daily).

BY DAN FELDMAN

I know you were excited for Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s first game Saturday. I know because you helped fill Michigan Stadium 30 minutes before kickoff. Last year, that only happened for Ohio State.

And I don’t buy that it was because the Athletic Department urged fans to arrive early because of the construction. You wanted to see the new Michigan because of everything you heard this offseason.

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Running game disappoints

BY IAN ROBINSON

Heading into the season, the Michigan backfield received more hype than any other position group.
Freshman Sam McGuffie's YouTube fame preceded him. Running backs coach Fred Jackson said McGuffie and fellow freshman Michael Shaw were part of his best recruiting class ever. Veterans Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor gave the Wolverines depth beyond the newcomers.
Expectations were high.
But production was low against Utah. Michigan compiled just four rushing yards in the first half and 34 for the game.

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Rodriguez and co. can't come away with win in opener

(SAID ALSALAH / Daily)

BY NATE SANDALS

It was a game of firsts for the Michigan football team: The first game under new head coach Rich Rodriguez, the first game in adidas uniforms and the first significant playing time for its two quarterbacks, redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan and redshirt freshman Steven Threet.
But the first win of the new era proved elusive as the Wolverines couldn’t complete a late comeback effort and lost to Utah, 25-23, in front of 108,421 at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

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Nate Sandals: It's about time fans got realistic

Said Alsalah/Daily

BY NATE SANDALS

How can a pair of two-point losses feel so different?
Last season, the No. 5 Michigan football team opened its season with a devastating two-point loss to Division I-AA Appalachian State.
Last Saturday, the 2008 Michigan football team opened its season with another two-point loss, this time to a very talented Utah squad — a team many are comparing to the undefeated Utes of 2004.
The scoreboard showed the same result, so why did the walk home from the Big House feel so much better this year than it did last year?

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Michigan opens Rodriguez era with a loss

Rodrigo Gaya/Daily

BY NATE SANDALS

In the first game of the Rich Rodriguez era, Utah took the lead in the second quarter and went on to hold off the Wolverines for 25-23 win, in front of 108,421 at Michigan Stadium.
Redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan got the start for the Wolverines and had some solid moments early, though he showed signs of inexperience as the game wore on.
Michigan opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game.

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Michigan-Utah Live Blog

(RODRIGO GAYA / Daily)

BY IAN ROBINSON

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