Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 12:17am
Michigan's defense gave up a pair of long touchdowns Saturday night.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The door opened and the noise from outside streamed in, fans lingering in the bowels of the stadium, still singing, “We are Penn State!”

Inside the visiting media room, Khaleke Hudson kept talking, his words juxtaposing the commotion outside. The senior VIPER spoke of Michigan’s defense, how it had given up too many big plays, how that was the difference in a 28-21 loss to Penn State on Saturday night.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 2:24pm
The Michigan swimming and diving teams will host an intrasquad on Friday after Tennessee and Virginia canceled a meet.

The Michigan men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were originally set to host a double-dual meet this weekend against Virginia and Tennessee. However, on Wednesday, the program was informed that both other teams had pulled out of the meet due to safety concerns. The meet was canceled and the Wolverines will host an intrasquad Friday night instead.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:14pm
The Penn State whiteout is one of the best-known environments in college football.

As much as any single game in college football, the Penn State whiteout is a spectacle. This year’s edition — Penn State-Michigan on Saturday night — was announced way back in April, when college football is the last thing on most fans’ minds.

The announcement wasn’t much of a surprise. The Nittany Lions have been holding whiteouts since 2004, and Saturday’s will be their sixth against Michigan, the most of any team.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 10:15pm

Position switches in football are relatively common, but what happened to Hassan Haskins is much more rare. The redshirt freshman doesn’t remember exactly when, but he knows that sometime last year, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh called him in for a meeting and told him that instead of running back, where he was recruited, his bests fit was at linebacker. But after a season of learning how to play viper, Haskins switched back to his original position.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 5:04pm
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh went for it on fourth down late in a close game at Illinois.

The Wolverines knew what they wanted to do. The offense trotted out and senior quarterback Shea Patterson took the ball himself, running for the first down. Two plays later, Michigan was in the end zone.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 8:26pm

After a win over Iowa, Michael Dwumfour texted his defensive coordinator.

“Coach, I jumped some gaps,” he said, according to Don Brown. “It won’t happen again.”

That’s just how Dwumfour is. The redshirt junior defensive tackle is always hungry for improvement, even after demolishing his opponent the way he did against the Hawkeyes, when he mauled Iowa’s vaunted offensive line in a game Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh called a “defensive masterpiece.”

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 9:22pm
Brandon Peters will face his old teammates as Illinois' quarterback this weekend.

Peters was once anointed Michigan’s savior, coming into a 2017 game against Rutgers to raucous cheers after it was clear John O’Korn would no longer cut it. It seemed like Peters could finally be the quarterback the Wolverines had been missing. The feeling lasted for three fleeting games. Then Peters suffered a concussion against Wisconsin, could only watch as O’Korn was dreadful in a loss to Ohio State and looked utterly pedestrian in a bowl loss to South Carolina. That April, Shea Patterson was granted an instant-eligibility waiver and Peters’ entire career was thrown into flux.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:51pm

Early this week, Don Brown offered his defense a challenge.

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley had thrown eight touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season. The Michigan defensive coordinator told his guys to try for at least two picks.

But when sophomore defensive end Aidan Hutchinson dug into the film, he noticed something else: Stanley rarely got hit. With ample time in the pocket, of course his throws were clean. So Hutchinson and the rest of the pass rush vowed to pressure Stanley and force him to make plays.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:47pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson's play could determine the outcome of Saturday's game.

In all likelihood, No. 19 Michigan’s true capability as a team is somewhere between the one that got run out of Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 21 and the one that shut out Rutgers last Saturday at the Big House. But where on that spectrum it is will determine the direction of its season. Can the Wolverines achieve the goals they’ve spent the last two weeks saying are still attainable? Or is this a team ticketed for 7-5?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 6:52pm
Freshman safety Daxton Hill showed his potential and proved part of his hype with his performance against Rutgers.

While one game against Rutgers isn’t going to suddenly rocket freshman safety Daxton Hill up the depth chart, his hype train has regained steam, and for good reason.