Michigan Opponent Players to Watch: Rutgers

Last years first Big Ten matchup between Rutgers and Michigan left a bad taste in the mouths of the Michigan football team. Rutgers quarterback and special teams players had a great day in its win over the Wolverines. The second meeting will take place at The Big House on Nov. 7 and Michigan will be looking for a different outcome. Here are a couple of Rutgers players that Michigan will need to pay extra attention to if they want a victory.

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Changes at TBHR


It is unbelievable to think that The Big House Report has been up and running since 2011. Josh Henschke, a current Michigan Football/Basketball Beat Writer for , launched TBHR and developed the site into a credible source of information for everything Michigan Football and Basketball related.

Josh’s continued success at TBHR eventually allowed him to move on to bigger and better opportunities, so he handed the lead over to Anthony Broome. Anthony picked up where Josh left off, and bettered the site himself. He too was willing to put the time in, and it paid off as he ultimately followed Josh to Maize n Brew.

About a year ago, Tyler Fenwick took over the reigns. The transition was just as seamless as the transition prior. He grew quickly through TBHR and kept the staff strong and positive through a disastrous Michigan Football season and disappointing Michigan Basketball season. Both of these seasons were two of the toughest for bloggers to cover in recent history, but Tyler kept the TBHR troops honest and motivated, so we continued to put out content. His efforts have now allowed him to accept an editor position at FanSided’s GBMWolverine.com, bringing an end to his time here at TBHR.

Three years ago, Josh offered me the opportunity to post content for TBHR. As a lifelong Michigan fan it was a blessing to have a chance to write about the university I am most passionate about. I have stayed on board through three management changes, and I have witnessed the site grow into a reputable source for Michigan Athletics. I still remember the days when @TBHReport had less than a thousand followers! Times have definitely changed.

I have been handed the keys to TBHR, and I am excited to have the opportunity to not only maintain, but also develop and enhance the site. TBHR has proved to be a great feeder system, so my only job is to keep it running as smooth as the three gentleman before me did.

Tyler said it best in his farewell post,

“The goal of TBHR is to provide a ground-level platform that caters both to those wanting to pursue writing as a career and those who simply love it as a hobby.”

I am excited to play the ‘Skipper’ role for The Big House Report. Stay tuned as we get set to kick off a new season!

Derek Devine
Media / Video Board Operations Intern at Detroit Tigers, INC.
Current Tigers Intern with an unhealthy passion for UM athletics. I will be serving as the 4th manager at TBHR. My job is to maintain and develop the site like the greats before me did!



Michigan Opponent Players to Watch: Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have finished with a winning record the past two seasons, after finishing 2012 under .500. Head coach Jerry Kill seems to finally have somewhat of a grip on the program after finishing tied for 2nd place in the Big Ten West last season and being invited to play in the Citrus Bowl against Missouri.

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Observations from Michigan’s Students-Only Practice

The public has gotten two good glimpses of Michigan this fall: once when the Big Ten Network rolled into town for its fall camp coverage, and again Saturday night when students were invited to practice. The latter has proven to be the most informative. Here are some circulating observations.

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Michigan Opponent Players to Watch: Michigan State

On Oct. 17 Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh will lead his team onto the field to face in-state rival Michigan State. The Wolverines have lost the last two years to the school that used to be referred to as “little brother.” Ending this streak will be difficult because the Spartans have some very talented, experienced players and a great coach in Mark Dantonio.

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Michigan Opponent Players to Watch: Northwestern

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has been through a lot during his nine years at Northwestern. His program has been trending downward as of late, and this has the feel of a make-or-break year for his Wildcats. No matter what happens, though, he has a few wildcards on this roster who could give Michigan trouble.

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Michigan Opponent Players to Watch: Maryland

Randy Edsall’s Maryland Terrapins have won seven games in back-to-back years for the first time since 2002-03. The Terps are a couple years away from being noteworthy, but they will need to find a way to push through mediocrity and continue to flash signs of improvement if they ever want to consistently compete in the Big Ten.

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Michigan Opponent Players to Watch: BYU

The BYU Cougars have posted an 8-5 record in each of the last three seasons. It’s been disappointing, but with most of the key roster positions returning—and with quarterback Taysom Hill coming back from injury—this Cougars team could end up being Michigan’s toughest non-conference opponent in 2015.

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