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Michigan Football

Michigan beats Miami (Ohio) for first win of season

(JEREMY CHO / Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

Oh, so that’s what the offense is supposed to look like.
After struggling offensively against Utah last Saturday, the Michigan football team (1-1) showed a better glimpse what its new spread offense can do when running on all cylinders in a 16-6 win over Miami (Ohio).
The Wolverines drove 77 yards in 2:04 for a touchdown on their first possession. In a nearly flawless drive, none of their five plays went for less than five yards.

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The Game: Michigan-Miami (Ohio) live blog

BY NATE SANDALS

We're live blogging this afternoon's non-conference game between Michigan and Miami (Ohio). Check back regularly for updates from the Big House.
To read the entire entry, click here.

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Michigan looks to execute against RedHawks

BY IAN ROBINSON

For first-year Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the key to a successful second game is for his players to hit their spots.
"We got to be able to execute better," Rodriguez said.
Against Utah, missed assignments by linebackers in pass coverage led to big gains. Fundamental errors on the offensive line led to blown running plays. Misreads in the passing game caused incompletions and an interception.
Tomorrow's opponent, Miami (Ohio) (0-1), doesn't have the BCS hype Utah does, but that doesn't mean the RedHawks can be taken lightly — despite a season-opening loss to Vanderbilt.

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Rich Rodriguez: The man behind the myth

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen/Daily

BY DAN FELDMAN

Rich Rodriguez was the defensive line coach at Fairmont State (W. Va.) in the summer of 1989. Dusty Rutledge, a huge Wolverine fan, assisted Rodriguez there and wore a Michigan hat every day.
“He called me little Bo,” Rutledge said.
Now, 19 years later, many Wolverine fans are hoping it’s Rodriguez who replicates the legendary Michigan coach.

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Defense will be the key against Miami

BY DAN FELDMAN AND NATE SANDALS

Michigan rushing offense vs. Miami rushing defense

Last week against Utah, Michigan's running attack was practically invisible, netting just 36 yards. The Wolverines will again have a hard time igniting the ground game against the RedHawks this week.

Miami has plenty of experience in the box, especially at linebacker, where seniors Joey Hudson and Clayton Mullins and junior Caleb Bostic could wreak havoc on Michigan’s inexperienced offensive line.

If Michigan wants to have success on the ground, it will have to gain positive yardage on first down; something it struggled to accomplish against the Utes. True freshmen Sam McGuffie and Michael Shaw should improve each week, and it'll help that junior Kevin Grady is back in the mix after his team suspension for DUI was lifted this week.

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Freshman linebacker to transfer before seeing game action

BY DAN FELDMAN

Apparently one game was enough.
A couple days ago, freshman linebacker Taylor Hill decided to transfer. He didn’t play in the Michigan football team’s opener against Utah.
The Youngstown, Ohio native indicated to Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez he wanted to transfer to a school closer to home.
“He’s a good young man from a good family,” Rodriguez said. “We hope it works out for him."

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Five players invited back by Rodriguez after football open tryout

(SAID ALSALAH/Daily)

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

Five players made it past yesterday’s open tryout at 6:00 a.m. in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. Of 28 prospective Michigan football players, Matt Cavanaugh, Jordan Kovacs, Dominique Ware, Russ Farha and Gabe Pena were invited back for further evaluations.

The five chosen from yesterday’s tryout will undergo eligibility and “character checks” before returning for another evaluation. Though all the walk-ons will have to adjust to practice, Rodriguez said one or two of the athletes from yesterday’s tryout could potentially land on the dress list this season.

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Football open tryouts draw 28 hopefuls to Oosterbaan; five athletes earn chance at additional tryout

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

Update, 7:00 p.m.: The results of the tryouts were posted at 2:30 p.m. today. Matt Cavanaugh, Jordan Kovacs, Dominique Ware, Russ Farha and Gabe Pena were selected to participate in an additional evaluation which could result in making the fall roster.
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff held tryouts for the Michigan football team at 6 a.m. today in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. The tryout, which lasted an hour and a half, attracted 28 athletes with talent ranging from walk-ons who participated in last year's extended tryout to students with no football experience.

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Weekend college football games offer intrigue despite lack of marquee matchups

BY GJON JUNCAJ AND IAN KAY

This weekend’s slate of college football games isn't for the casual fan. There are no matchups between ranked teams, but some underdogs are salivating at the chance to restore their reputation and spoil potential national championship campaigns.
Miami at No. 5 Florida

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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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