BY SCOTT BELL
For all the bulletin-board material the Michigan football team has manufactured this season, its loudest statement to date was just made with stone-cold silence.
Following Saturday's game in East Lansing, the Michigan football team huddled near midfield for what appeared to be a team prayer. But, it was actually a direct response to comments Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio made to the media more than two months ago.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
Political football 101: offenses, with Michigan linebackers coach Steve Szabo.
When you see spread, think red.
"I call that Communist football," Szabo said. "I'm so tired of it. Good, red-blooded Americans snap the ball, hand it to the guy and have a normal run game or pass game."
Szabo and the rest of the Michigan defense will finally get a break from the spread offense. Beginning Saturday at Michigan State, they will face more traditional offenses in the final three weeks of the regular season.
BY SCOTT BELL AND JACK HERMAN
No matter what fans think of the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, the Spartans have done their best to raise the level of hype.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has a clock counting down to the start, and he even went as far as to set the Wolverines as a model for his program.
Michigan has a seven-game winning streak to defend after its 0-2 start - not to mention it wants the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
The Spartans need a win to save a disappointing season while the Wolverines still have a Big Ten Championship on their mind.
BY BY MARK GIANNOTTO
Two recent developments have changed the very core of Halloween. First, it has transformed from a one-day trick-or-treating fest into a week-long event because the actual holiday falls on Wednesday. Can anyone say five-night weekend?
Second, costumes have gotten truly ridiculous. Last night, one of my roommates wore a Michael Vick jersey, complete with a stuffed dog hanging from a noose. What happened to ghosts and vampires?
BY JACK HERMAN
The first time Michigan won the Paul Bunyan Trophy, the Wolverines cared so little, they didn't even engrave it. If Michigan had its way, the award probably wouldn't even exist.
But if you want to hear the story behind the unwanted trophy, don't ask Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
"I have no idea," Carr said when asked why Michigan and Michigan State play for the trophy. "I've never researched that, and I don't think I will."
BY KEVIN WRIGHT: DAILY SPORTS EDITOR
Michigan State running back Javon Ringer sat just a table-length away from his new coach Mark Dantonio at Big Ten Media Day in August, and even in the noisy room, it wouldn't have been hard for Dantonio to hear Ringer's plea.
Repeatedly, Ringer would tell reporters he never had the chance in his two seasons as a Spartan to showcase the kind of back he could be - the dominant version.
BY SCOTT BELL
If the pressure of a rivalry game is supposed to seep through, the Michigan football team sure isn't showing it.
Five players faced questions about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry during the team's weekly press conference yesterday, and all of them appeared more relaxed than usual.
One-by-one, nearly every player had witty things to say both about Mark Dantonio's Michigan-focused clock and about the prize the two intrastate rivals are competing for - the Paul Bunyan Trophy.