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COLLEGE PARK — It took all of 11 seconds.

Redshirt freshman running back Hassan Haskins ran for 149 yards last Saturday against Notre Dame as the Wolverines dominated the Irish, 45-14.

Until then, it’s a simple matter of proving that the Wolverines’ last six quarters — in which they’ve outscored a pair of top-10 opponents, 59-21 — are no mirage and that maybe, somehow, this is the year Michigan can finally take down the vaunted Buckeyes. Against Michigan State and a quietly 6-2 Indiana, that will be a challenge. Both teams, despite their flaws, carry enough weaponry to challenge the Wolverines’ presumed growth, even in losses.

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.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown has adjusted to include more zone coverage this season.

Five months after The Game happened, Don Brown was still getting asked about it. His vaunted defense, one that dominated 10 straight teams and seemed like a train rolling into Columbus last year, couldn’t stand up to Ohio State.

Michigan's game against Penn State was the first time all year Patterson said that he was at 100 percent.

As Tru Wilson took the handoff and cut through the teeth of Notre Dame’s defense, Shea Patterson sprinted downfield ahead of his running back. When Wilson approached the end zone, Patterson threw a block on the last remaining defender. Wilson coasted in for a touchdown.

The NCAA’s Board of Directors voted to start moving its rules towards becoming consistent with the California law, the Fair Pay to Play Act, that will allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness starting in 2023.

Earlier this month, when California passed its Fair Pay to Play Act, allowing college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness starting in 2023, mum was the word among Michigan’s football players.

Freshman receiver Mike Sainristil caught three passes for 73 years and touchdown against Notre Dame.

Slowly, though, Sainristil has begun working his way onto the field, mostly as the slot receiver in three and four-wide looks. Saturday against Notre Dame, he doubled his career reception total with a key second-quarter third-down conversion. Two quarters later, he notched his first collegiate touchdown, weaving through a trio of would-be tacklers for a 26-yard score to put Michigan up, 45-7

Safeties and special teams coach Chris Partridge was a senior on the Paramus Catholic team that won a state championship in 1997.

The two friends kept in touch throughout the years, crossing paths as they rose in the coaching profession. But they’d never been at the same place before, not until this year. Now, Partridge and Campanile are reunited at Michigan — Partridge coaching safeties and special teams and Campanile coaching linebackers.

Michigan's 303 rushing yards helped Michigan eclipse its second win over a top-10 team in the Harbaugh era.

Hassan Haskins broke free, found his gap and exploited it. He’d done this before, but this time, there was an encore. Haskins jumped into the air and over his defender, picking up a few extra yards in the process.

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Cam McGrone raced toward an emptying student section, flexing his right arm then his left above his head. Aidan Hutchinson and Luiji Vilain stood to either side of McGrone, serving as bodyguards to his celebration.