Sophomore wide receiver Ronnie Bell leads Michigan with 621 yards on 37 catches, but still hasn’t found the end zone.

Bell’s block was perhaps the best example of improved blocking from Michigan’s wide receivers over the past month or so. While blocking isn’t nearly as glamorous as catching passes or scoring touchdowns, it’s equally important, and the Wolverines’ receiver room has taken that message to heart.


There are separate repercussions on all sides for all of these games. Michigan football got a highlight in what seemed poised to be a lost season. Michigan hockey fell further back on its heels, then got kicked into the dirt. But this is not a platform to try and mix football and hockey analysis. It’s one to dissect a rivalry, and what it means to the people in it.

The Daily and The State News present dueling columns leading up to Saturday's football game.

In the week leading up to the Michigan-Michigan State football game each year, writers from The Daily and the student newspaper at Michigan State exchange columns. You can find this year’s installment below, starting with The Daily and followed by The State News.

Presented by The Michigan Daily’s sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

It’s Michigan State week in Ann Arbor, as senior sports editor Ben Katz sits down with the hockey and football beat writers to discuss both teams’ upcoming games against the Spartans. Also (and probably more importantly), we preview the annual Michigan Daily vs.

The Michigan basketball team saw its leadership take charge during the second-half collapse.

In the face of the offensive collapse and the surging Mountaineers, the message inside the Michigan men's basketball team's huddle was simple: composure.

A bipartisan plan was announced Wednesday afternoon that would sanction current and future college athletes to profit off their name, likeness and image.

Two Michigan legislators introduced a bipartisan plan Wednesday afternoon that would sanction current and future college athletes to profit off their name, likeness and image, according to an official news release.

A few members of the Michigan women’s tennis team traveled for the Lakewood Ranch Invite in Sarasota, Fla. this weekend.

Because the competitions in the fall don’t count towards the team record, or any record for that matter, the tournaments tend to be looked at as a way to see a team’s character and potential, a chance for the team dynamic to set in and an opportunity for players to get more comfortable in their roles.

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.

Sophomore guard David DeJulius will likely see an uptick in playing time this season.

Charles Matthews, Jordan Poole and Ignas Brazdeikis. If you followed Michigan basketball at all last season, those three names probably ring a bell. Names like Brandon Johns Jr., David DeJulius, Adrien Nunez, and Franz Wagner likely don’t, at least not to the same degree. And yet, some combination of this youthful quartet, the former three all sophomores and the last, a true freshman, will feature significantly for the Wolverines this year. The departures of Matthews, Poole and Brazdeikis — who accounted for 56% of Michigan’s scoring last season — make it so.

Sophomore Paige Jones had a career-high 16 kills, but couldn’t quite lift Michigan past Penn State on Friday.

During those few minutes of the third set, anticipation for a win was palpable in Crisler Center. Unfortunately for Michigan, those few minutes were the only ones worth celebrating. A 3-1 loss for the Wolverines against the Nittany Lions Friday shut the crowd up once and for all.