Click here to view the staff picks for this weeks' game against Notre Dame.
BY SCOTT BELL
Sixty straight days. Sunday to Sunday. No mornings off.
For two months this summer, wide receiver Adrian Arrington not only had to earn his way back into Michigan coach Lloyd Carr's good graces, but also onto the Michigan football team.
Arrington accumulated two strikes during his redshirt sophomore season - a domestic violence charge that was eventually dismissed and another for an undisclosed reason - that led to his temporary dismissal from the team last spring.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Fifth-year senior Brandent Englemon doesn't want to get into it. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr declined to elaborate.
Whatever happened behind the scenes, Englemon's spot on the team was up in the air heading into the season.
"I can't really speak on it," Englemon said.
The Covington, K.Y., native was coming off a season in which he made five starts, played in every game and collected 29 tackles.
Throw in the departure of starting free safety Willis Barringer, and Englemon appeared to be right in the mix for a starting spot his last year on campus.
BY H. JOSE BOSCH
Around the Nation got off to a roaring start last week, going a miraculous 3-1. And if it hadn't been for TCU crapping out in the fourth quarter against Texas, I'd have every right to pop my collar.
What? My scores were way off? Doesn't matter. Looking ahead to this weekend, there are three games featuring two Top-25 teams. This can only mean one thing - that I'm in for a rough weekend. Remember, all the games I predict are 100-percent correct . except for the ones I get wrong. Now onto the games:
No. 9 Louisville at Kentucky - 7:30 p.m., ESPN 360 or ESPN Classic
BY SCOTT BELL
Meet Ryan Mallett: the confident five-star prospect dubbed Michigan football's next great quarterback.
Last year, Michigan wrestled the 6-foot-7 signal caller away from the Texas and finally found the highly touted recruit it was searching for to replace Chad Henne.
The plan was all set: After a year of learning under Henne, Mallett would be ready to take over the reins at one of the biggest football programs in the nation next season.
But now, just two games into his freshman year, Mallett isn't waiting to be the man - he is the man.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
A rash decision may rob Michigan wide receiver Greg Mathews of a start against Notre Dame.
The sophomore appeared to kick Oregon safety Matthew Harris in the groin after Harris tackled Mathews in the fourth quarter.
Mathews had just caught a 5-yard pass, his lone reception of the game. A brief tussle ensued, but Michigan captain Jake Long quickly stepped in to keep the scuffle from escalating.
"Certainly it's nothing we're proud of," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "Greg is not proud of it. We don't want it, and we won't tolerate it."
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Brandent Englemon isn't in the business of making guarantees, but that doesn't mean he won't back one up.
So when the fifth-year senior safety heard a reporter ask wide receiver Adrian Arrington about Mike Hart guaranteeing victory, he didn't hesitate with his response.
"He's just trying to spark this team," Englemon said. "Being the captain, we have to rally behind him.
"Even though we lost the first two games, he still has the confidence in us to come out and guarantee a victory. And as a team, we have to rally behind him on this."
This past weekend was another tough loss for Michigan fans to swallow. But despite the incompetence on the field, the true embarrassment took place off the field and in the student section.
From where I sat in section 30, I saw three separate incidents of student violence. No, not Michigan students beating up on Oregon students. While I'd never condone that, I can at least make sense of it.
No, Wolverine fans were fighting other Wolverine fans.
The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the boxscore. The defense-o-meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Carr-o-meter judges Lloyd Carr's demeanor following the game and the hypemeter measures the fans' game performance.
Unfortunately, we can't have negative Crables. But the defense couldn't get any worse. Any adjustments or improvements we saw in the second half against Appalachian State were simply illusions.
Staff Picks recap: Mad props to Todd Karazim, who proved himself more than a worthy adversary this past week. Everyone was impressive, but Karazim outdid us all, picking two-thirds of the games correctly, which is really an insane feat. He will certainly be back next week to continue picking against the football writers, and we'll see if he can stay on for yet another week. Herman nearly completed a Big Ten sweep, nailing every game other than Michigan-Oregon and Penn State-Notre Dame.