BY SCOTT BELL
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr isn't going anywhere. But if you flip on ESPN, pick up a national newspaper or ask around campus, you might not know that.
Since Saturday's loss to Appalachian State, the only coach to win a National Championship in the last 60 years at Michigan has been under intense scrutiny from both fans and the media about his future.
Earlier this week, a quartet of seniors defended Carr at the team's weekly press conference on Monday.
BY H. JOSE BOSCH
Week one of the college football season wasn't supposed to be eventful. It turned out a little differently. At any rate, week two should be interesting for reasons not related to catastrophic losses, and one top-10 team will fall before the sun sets on a second weekend of college football. Read on to find out who.
No. 3 West Virginia at Marshall - 11:10 a.m., ESPN
BY H. JOSE BOSCH
Let's be honest: This weekend is awful if you're a Big Ten fan. With a few exceptions, most of the conference games will be painful to watch. But there are no breaks in writing Around the Big Ten. So if you want to know what's going to happen this weekend (and you do because you won't be able to actually see most of the games), read on.
Akron at No 12 Ohio State - Noon, Big Ten Network
BY DANIEL BROMWICH AND SCOTT BELL
Where should most of the blame lie?
BY SCOTT BELL
After three seasons of coming up short, Mike Hart, Chad Henne and Jake Long were supposed to redeem the class of '08. But three years of anticipation led up to one major disappointment. Now Michigan's top leaders must look ahead.
The storybook ending wasn't supposed to come 12 chapters early - and the celebration wasn't supposed to be in the visitors' locker room.
A trio of players that put its childhood dream of playing in the NFL on hold for a year wasn't supposed to be immediately punished for it.
Even in last weekend's loss, Hart was incredible, tallying 188 yards in just more than two quarters of work and crossing the goal line three times.
Widely acknowledged as the best shut-down cornerback in America, Ikegwuonu's can completely close down one side of the field.
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Appalachian St. (Sept. 1), L 32-34: Imagine opening the door to your dorm room and someone just punching you in the face. That's what transpired at the Big House. So much for a National Championship.
Oregon (Sept. 8): For everyone who prefers nonconference tests as opposed to guaranteed wins, be careful what you wish for. The Ducks squeaked past Michigan in 2003, 31-27, and the Wolverines have beaten a Pac-10 foe just once since the 1997 title game.
Iowa at Wisconsin
Sept. 22, 8PM on ABC
This matchup will be the first big test for the Hawkeyes when they open the Big Ten season at Camp Randall. If Iowa is serious about a Big Ten Championship, it has to pull this one out.
Ohio State At Penn State
Oct. 27, 8PM
Joe Paterno said the Nittany Lions have a good, but not great team at Big Ten Media Day. Good teams can play the spoiler for perennial Big Ten powerhouse Buckeyes, especially at home.
Ohio State at Wisconsin
Nov. 3, TBA
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
The Michigan football team lost last weekend, and for some reason, this campus is making a big deal about it.
I understand the national media is claiming this is the biggest upset in the history of upsets, and that's fine, and yes, it's mortifying and the team and coaching staff should be embarrassed, but why is every Michigan student talking like the season is over?
So the Wolverines lost a game, they lost it to a Football Championship Subdivision team and it happened in a year when they expected to contend for the national title.