After two years of competition, Smith has a chance to make statement.
Jake Butt caught eight passes for 93 yards, but Michigan lost the turnover battle in the loss.
Transfer quarterback Jake Rudock's three interceptions, including a devastating fourth-quarter pick-six, foiled the Wolverines' comeback efforts.
Schlissel attended the Alumni Association tailgate before heading across the street for Michigan's opener at Utah.
If it was an odd sight to see mostly red in the stands last year, it won’t be this year. A sellout red-clad crowd is expected for the highly anticipated rematch Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Sione Houma, a Salt Lake City native, will play at home for the first time in his college career next Thursday when Michigan opens the season at Utah.
In a practice open to students at Michigan Stadium, Jake Rudock and De'Veon Smith took the bulk of the first-team reps at quarterback and running back, respectively.
After a long offseason and transfer process, perhaps no one is more excited to see fall coming than Jake Rudock