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Michigan Football

For Michigan, everything could change on Saturday

Adam Glanzman/Daily

BY EVERETT COOK

Saturday could change everything for this Michigan football team. In a lost season full of blunders and missteps, a win over Ohio State would flip the script on 2013 into something salvageable.

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Notebook: Five-star commit Peppers plans to take official visits elsewhere

Erin Kirkland/Daily

BY MATT SLOVIN

The crowning jewel of the Wolverines’ 2014 recruiting class, defensive back Jabrill Peppers, announced on Twitter that he plans to take official visits at other schools. Coach Brady Hoke has said previously that if a commit visits elsewhere, he doesn’t consider that person committed to the Wolverines.

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Notebook: Offensive line carousel turns again; Columbus prepares for the rivalry

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY ZACH HELFAND

This year, the situation on the interior of Michigan’s offensive line has can be likened to a horrific game of musical chairs. And each time the music stops the result is usually a sack of redshirt junior quarterback Devin Gardner.

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Football Recruiting

‘16 offensive tackle Erik Swenson commits to Michigan

BY JAKE LOURIM

“Erik is just a pretty simple kind of kid,” said Swenson’s father, Swen. “He’s not into traveling across the country and doesn’t want to take official visits and waste people’s time and money. He truly had no desire to go anywhere else.”

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'All bets are off' as Wolverines prepare for Ohio State

File Photo/Daily

BY LIZ VUKELICH

In a game as big as The Game, preconceived notions don’t mean a thing to the Wolverines. “Saturday, all bets are off,” said fifth-year senior tackle Lewan. “We’re playing football. Anything could happen Saturday.”

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SportsMonday Column: Bless you, Buckeyes

Erin Kirkland/Daily

BY ZACH HELFAND

Let’s not do this again. Let’s not rehash another utterly forgettable game in an utterly forgettable season. It’s clear by now the first 11 games of Michigan’s season have been a failure. It has been that way since Michigan was dismantled and embarrassed in a loss to Michigan State four games ago.

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5 Things We Learned: Iowa

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY EVERETT COOK

It could be a specific shoulder injury, or it could be just the general pain that comes with getting sacked 20 times in four games. Whatever it is, it’s affecting him, and Michigan’s offense is becoming more and more stagnant without him at full strength.

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Notebook: Linebacking corps hurt by injuries in loss

BY MATT SLOVIN

IOWA CITY — Since its debacle at home against Indiana, the Michigan football team’s defense has been much improved, and Saturday’s narrow 24-21 loss at Iowa was no exception.

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Everett Cook: This isn't on Devin Gardner

BY EVERETT COOK

IOWA CITY — The man wearing the No. 98 jersey on Saturday wasn’t the same player wearing that same jersey two months ago.

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After strong first half, fatigue too much for Michigan defense

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY LIZ VUKELICH

IOWA CITY — In a game characterized by an increasingly familiar offensive shutdown, the Michigan football team’s matchup with Iowa on Saturday started off with a defensive bang.

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