Monday, November 18, 2019 - 7:20pm

This year, in particular, few in and around Schembechler Hall are under any illusions about the challenge of going to Indiana and the cliche of the Hoosiers providing Michigan with a trap game.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 9:34pm

In 12 plays and 5:39, Michigan’s offense showed it all, and in the process offered a tantalizing hypothetical: Maybe this offense actually could be everything it once promised.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh stopped Shea Patterson moments before he trotted onto the field to put the finishing touches on his best performance as a Wolverine.

“I told him before he went out to take that snap, I said, ‘Now this year, after you take the kneel down, keep the ball and don’t throw it up in the air,’ Harbaugh recalled. “Because he had a heckuva game and I thought he should have the game ball.”

“I’ve got another plan,” Patterson replied.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:10pm

It’s to be seen whether Saturday will be competitive, but high intensity is a foregone conclusion. Here’s what to watch for in Saturday’s rivalry bout.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 7:43pm
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is searching for his first home win against Michigan State.

You can’t throw out the records here because the records tell all. This is one side trying to cling to a fading sense of who it once was, the other looking to send that crisis into turbo. This is Jim Harbaugh trying to deliver a knockout punch to his most formidable foe. This is Michigan trying to bludgeon a Michigan State program slowly sinking in quicksand. The onus is on the Wolverines to grab hold of the reins.

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.