BY DANIEL BROMWICH
The Michigan football team has thrived on turnovers this season. The Wolverines have forced more fumbles and intercepted more passes than any other Big Ten team.
But there's a different kind of turnover that has plagued Michigan this season.
The offensive line has just one member who has played the same position through all eight games of this season - captain Jake Long. The senior has started every game at left tackle for the past two-plus seasons, a string of 25 straight games.
BY MARK GIANNOTTO
What do you know? The famous saying "the more things change, the more they stay the same" rings true once again.
Five weeks have passed in the Big Ten conference race, and the top of the standings has a familiar ring to it. Just like last year, Michigan and Ohio State are the only two teams in the Big Ten without a conference loss. In fact, the Wolverines and Buckeyes are the only Big Ten teams to have fewer than two losses within the Big Ten.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT: DAILY SPORTS EDITOR
When fifth-year senior Anton Campbell visited Michigan as a high school senior, his host told him exactly how his career in Ann Arbor would unfold.
Darnell Hood, the then-freshman who became a special teams aficionado himself, had gone through a similar transition during his time as a Wolverine, and he envisioned the same path for Campbell.
Campbell was being recruited by Illinois, Nebraska and Michigan to play running back, the position he starred at in O'Fallon, Miss.
BY H. JOSE BOSCH
What has the college football world come to? The No. 2 team in the nation has lost three straight weeks. A Catholic college not named Notre Dame is undefeated. A traditional basketball powerhouse (Connecticut) is currently in the BCS top 25 for the first time in school history. And, oh my goodness, Michigan ran a trick play!
The soap opera that is the college football season gets more unpredictable with each passing week, so for making my picks, I'm just going to use a dartboard.
BY JACK HERMAN
Anyone expecting to learn quarterback Chad Henne's status for Saturday's game will have to wait at least a few more days. Although the senior was listed in the starting spot atop the depth chart, even his coach isn't sure he'll play.
"I really have no idea," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said yesterday when asked if Henne will play this weekend against 1-7 Minnesota. Later, Carr said he viewed Henne's status as "day-to-day."
BY KEVIN WRIGHT: DAILY SPORTS EDITOR
Carlos Brown finished his interview session, but he wasn't finished soaking in the moment. Instead, he sat in the back of a small side room and listened to teammate Jamar Adams at the podium.
Even with his breakout performance, Brown receded into the background of the room just like he took a back seat to quarterback Chad Henne.
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.
Defense-o-meter: 3/4 Crables
BY DANIEL BROMWICH: DAILY SPORTS EDITOR
His teammates said he would play. Defensive end Tim Jamison basically guaranteed it, and captain Jake Long said he had "no doubt." Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was more evasive, but no more than usual concerning injuries.
So Wolverine fans, by and large, expected their Heisman Trophy candidate to take the field Saturday against Illinois.
The Michigan Daily Top 10 returns for its fourth installment in this young season. Each week, Daily Sports staffers will fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10 points, second-place votes receiving nine and so on. The results are published with first-place votes in parentheses.
1. Louisiana State (5): Maybe they didn't get more first-place votes, but a solid showing on nearly every ballot was enough to vault the Tigers to the top. Apparently, it's easier to top our rankings than to beat Auburn.
BY SCOTT BELL
It was a scene unfamiliar to Ann Arborites. There were American flags being waved around, fireworks exploding to cheers from onlookers and a general excitement in a nighttime setting.
No, this wasn't a Fourth of July celebration, though I guess Ann Arbor could look into getting one of those, too.
This was a football game, and an environment Michigan football fans definitely miss out on for games at the Big House.