Monday, November 11, 2019 - 7:43pm

“Throw out the records,” said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh early Monday afternoon, a wry smile subtly forming on his face. “There’s a cliché you can use when you play this type of game.”

Whether he believes that or not — his team staring down the barrel of a bout against 4-5 Michigan State on Saturday — matters little. This is a week that annually breeds the kind of teeth-gritting clichés of coachspeak, muttered monotonously and meaninglessly. Respect for the opponent. The importance of rivalry games. All business.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 9:02pm
Sophomore Linebacker Cameron McGrone and his brother Aaron went to a firework show together on the 4th of July.

Lynn Redd sat and waited for an inevitable call. 

It was July 4, 2018, and her two sons were out at a nearby fireworks show in their hometown of Indianapolis. For many, it’s a routine Independence Day venture. For sophomore linebacker Cameron McGrone and his younger brother, Aaron Redd, it was a monumental step.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 2:31pm

COLLEGE PARK — It took all of 11 seconds.

That’s how much time elapsed while freshman Giles Jackson fielded the opening kickoff on Saturday, offered one juke, burst past the kicker’s diving grasp and into the end zone. If there was any doubt about whether the Michigan football team would take care of a hapless Maryland squad; any doubt the Wolverines could re-focus after last week’s big win; any doubt that there could be such a thing as an easy road win in the Big Ten — it was all squashed.

In 11 seconds. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 3:05pm
The Michigan football team beat Notre Dame last week and is expected to win easily on Saturday when it goes to College Park to play a reeling 3-5 Maryland.

I think those thoughts are scattered enough for today. Should the Wolverines take care of business on the eastern seaboard this weekend (stunningly inconsiderate to traveling student newspapers to add a team to the Big Ten that geographically does not belong, but I digress), we’ll all be gearing up for an emotion-filled Michigan-Michigan State game soon. The Spartans appear on the verge of catastrophe, but, as we all know, that all goes out the window when Mark Dantonio gets his annual shot at Harbaugh.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:21pm
Junior center Cesar Ruiz was the best of Michigan's offensive linemen on Saturday, according to the coaches.

Cesar Ruiz sat atop the podium, smirking frequently and bantering with junior guard Michael Onwenu to his right. The confidence oozed — perhaps due to the 57-carry, 303-yard demolition his unit had just orchestrated, perhaps simply a product of his happy-go-lucky attitude.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 9:30pm
The Michigan football has started to find its identity this season, an identity that may be similar to last year’s, despite a new-look offense.

When a stoic Nick Eubanks stood at the podium after a defacing 35-14 loss at Wisconsin, his assessment was frank.

“It’s up to us to find an identity,” Eubanks said then. “We got a game coming up next Saturday. We gotta find it quick.”

Up to that point — a game in which Michigan mustered next to nothing until the depths of garbage time — the Wolverines’ self-proclaimed identity had rarely been called into question.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 12:35am

No one on the outside knows quite what happened at halftime in State College last weekend, and those on the inside don’t seem too keen on sharing. Those are moments that can be blown out of proportion, anyway.

But the team that walked out of that locker room, staring down a 21-7 deficit in the fire-breathing cauldron of Beaver Stadium, is not the same as the one that entered. That’s plainly clear.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:29pm
The Michigan football team will take on Notre Dame on Saturday.

We’re about to find out how long that hangover lasted.

There’s no rest for the weary, as No. 19 Michigan welcomes No. 8 Notre Dame in a game that would have meant far more six weeks ago.

The Wolverines, as you likely know, suffered their second loss of the season last week at Penn State, a heartbreaking 28-21, the ramifications of which will continue to ripple. They have little more than pride to play for through the rest of the season, but this program could sure use some pride these days.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 9:01pm

In the aftermath of last week’s 21-0 blitz in the first half, Michigan has spent the week reflection on the trend of starting slowly in big games. Over the course of eight different top-15 matchups in the last two seasons, the Wolverines have been outscored 117-83 in the first half, including a 21-7 deficit to the Nittany Lions and a 28-0 deficit to Wisconsin, both this year.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:17pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson threw for 276 yards in Saturday’s loss.

Down 28-14 on Saturday, Shea Patterson marched his team down to the one-yard line in the middle of the fourth quarter, facing a fourth-and-goal with the game in the balance. The Wolverines called Patterson’s number, a quarterback sneak, in hopes of muscling their way to a one-possession game. There was literal scrapping, clawing — and, apparently, gouging.