BY SCOTT BELL AND JACK HERMAN
Ryan Field hasn't been kind in the past to the Michigan football team.
Anyone remember 2000, when running back Anthony Thomas fumbled late in the fourth quarter and Northwestern came back, won the game and ruined Michigan's season?
Yeah, the Wolverines would like to forget that ever happened, and Saturday is a first good step against a Wildcat squad that helped Duke break its 22-game losing streak.
See if Northwestern will put up enough of a fight to ruin another Michigan Big Ten title dream.
BY JACK HERMAN
Before any game against no-way-we-can-lose-to-them opponents, favored teams trot out the typical clich
BY H. JOSE BOSCH
"I have an important question."
"What is Britney doing with her life?"
That classic exchange between ESPN commentators Mike Patrick and Todd Blackledge during the final moments of the Georgia-Alabama game almost made it worth picking Alabama to win the game.
This weekend's picks may feature some excitement - two games boast four top-25 teams while a third features two traditional Southeastern conference powerhouses. As always, here are my picks: so wrong, they must be right.
BY SCOTT BELL
Brandon Graham's short-lived legal woes have come to an end.
The sophomore defensive end, who had a bench warrant out for his arrest issued last week, had disorderly conduct charges against him dropped, according to the Detroit News.
The bench warrant has also been terminated.
"It was our position all along he was misidentified," Jim Acho, Graham's attorney, told the News. "So the charge will be dismissed in 60 days."
According to the News, Graham was ticketed for playing loud music from his car in July.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
Senior safety Jamar Adams began this season a contender for the Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back. Experts ranked him the No. 2 safety entering the NFL Draft next year, while others thought he would lead the defense of a National Championship contender.
But that all changed quickly.
BY MARK GIANNOTTO
Heading into the 2007 season, the top of the Big Ten looked like more of the same from last year.
Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin made up the top four in 2006, and all of them were expected to compete for a conference crown this season. The Buckeyes and Badgers have held up their ends of the bargain, starting the season a combined 8-0. The Wolverines have suffered some well-documented setbacks early on and went on to deal the Nittany Lions a conference loss last week.
BY SCOTT BELL
When running back Mike Hart passed Tyrone Wheatley to become Michigan's No. 3 all-time rusher, the senior didn't show too much emotion.
"The only thing that matters is No. 1, and this team being No. 1 - that's all I'm focused on," Hart said following the Notre Dame game when he achieved the feat. "If we keep winning and I keep moving up, it's cool."
Hart is just 139 yards away from breaking the school's career rushing record.