Michigan is looking for its first road victory of the season and its fourth consecutive win overall this weekend against the Maryland Terrapins. Coming into this game Michigan is ranked in the AP top 25 for the first time in two years at #22. Also, the defense is ranked #2 in the nation in terms of total defense. Because of the threat of Hurricane Joaquin, the kickoff time has been moved from 8 PM to Noon, but not even a hurricane is going to stop the momentum coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines currently possess. Here is your Last Look at everything you need to know before kickoff.
Hurricane Joaquin has already altered the start time for Michigan’s game at Maryland, but what will it do to the gameplan? Tyler Fenwick and Derek Devine discuss how the weather will play into the Wolverines’ matchup against the Terrapins and what Jim Harbaugh’s team will be focused on regardless of the forecast.
Wow. What a win last week at the Big House! It’s been a while since we’ve seen the boys play that well. So many highlight-reel plays that are guaranteed to be included in a lot of season recaps. But now it’s all eyes ahead to a deadly Maryland Terrapins team… (Alright I can’t do it. Maryland sucks. If the boys struggle in the least with the Terrapins Saturday, it’d be a huge disappointment.)
There’s no better place to start in on the Terrapins than the uniforms. What the hell guys? Look I totally get it, you want to place emphasis on the state shield and not your turtle mascot, but if both of those options suck you ARE allowed to go in a different direction. But Maryland’s uniforms don’t suck in the typical “Wow that’s an ugly combination.” Or “Those sock combinations just don’t jive” (I know some people get extra picky when it comes to socks). Maryland’s uniforms suck in the sense that I could spontaneously develop epilepsy watching their sad excuse for a football team scramble around the field. It’s probably some sort of tactical advantage for Maryland’s defense, being that any QB they face could literally collapse in seizures at any point during the game, but is that advantage really worth anything when you look that bad? I personally don’t hate Under Armor apparel as a whole, but Maryland’s kit is a stain upon the entire company. (Photo attached for those who have no idea what I’m talking about.)
With jerseys out of the way, lets get on to a more pressing and dangerous topic: The weather. This weekend could get hairy in Maryland, as tropical storm Joaquin bears down on the east coast. (As a side note; really? Joaquin? This is the best we can do for storms now? If storms have to be named alphabetically and we are currently on J, why not Tropical Storm Jay-Z? He’s a much more accomplished rapper than Joaquin Phoenix ever was. In fact, from here on out, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes should exclusively get Wu-Tang Clan rap names. Think about how much more ominous Tropical Storm Zexy Desperado sounds. You’d get the hell out of the way of that storm, I can guarantee that. At this point I think this is less of a side note and more of an endless rabbit hole of thoughts that don’t really lead anywhere or mean anything. So be it.) So what is the plan if “Joaquin” decides to crash the party and poop in the pool? Well dear readers, I believe I have the solution. PLAY THE GAME ANYWAYS. This isn’t some pansy SEC team that has to sit and wait out the lightning delays, THIS IS A JIM HARBAUGH TEAM THAT EATS LIGHTNING FOR BREAKFAST WITH WHOLE MILK. I’m sure if Jim had his way this team would not only play through this storm, but would actively seek out and play in riskier conditions. I have no doubt that Jim will be outside in Maryland Saturday with his shirt off and khakis on throwing routes in a CAT 1 Hurricane just to say that he did. And that’s why we love the guy.
I’ll wrap on the Terrapin. Just what is a Terrapin, where does it come from, and why does it matter? Short answers: A turtle, some stupid pond in Maryland, and it doesn’t. Look I get that every college team in America is vying for a distinctive mascot that stands out from the crowd, and in this category the Terps achieve what they set out to do. However, the Terrapin is pretty underwhelming as far as turtles go. Essentially this thing is the size of your hand and swims away from danger at every opportunity. Why not go with a menacing turtle? The snapper is always a good call if you are looking to lose digits or an entire hand. Or what about the ninja turtles? (Speaking of ninja turtles it is getting close to dinner time and I’ve got nothing by way of food around here. Pizza it is!)
The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan at Maryland. Check it out!
The Michigan Wolverines improved to 3-1 on the season after its 31-0 win over the ranked BYU Cougars on Saturday. In a game most thought would be close, Michigan dominated all aspects from the opening kickoff until the final whistle. BYU was coming off of a tough stretch of games, and looked out matched all afternoon. The truth is, this game was over at halftime when Michigan took a 31-0 lead into the locker room. Michigan ran the ball very effectively once again, and had another solid day on the defensive side of the ball. Michigan extended its win streak to three games, and are really starting to turn heads around the country. Coach Harbaugh has these boys playing true Michigan football. The Maize and Blue had another great TEAM win, but a few players performed above the rest and deserve this week’s gameballs.
The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan vs. BYU. Take a look!
Michigan is looking to extend its two game winning streak this week when the BYU Cougars come to the Big House. This will be the second quality team Michigan has played so far this season and they are focused on getting a win. Should the Wolverines get that victory, they could find themselves jumping into the top 25. Here is your Last Look at everything you need to know prior to game time.
For this week’s 4th and 31, I decided to go in a little different direction. Rather than pontificate (Being that the Pope is in town I thought this usage entirely appropriate) on why BYU blows for 500 words, I thought I might let BYU’s actions speak for me.
Enjoy this (Cringe Warning)
Look at what these guys did to a Nebraska player:
— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 5, 2015
Who could forget this one?
The Michigan Wolverines improved to 2-1 on the season with a 28-7 win over UNLV on Saturday afternoon. Michigan dominated both sides of the the football for a good majority of the game. They took a 21-0 lead into halftime, and were on cruise control from there on out. The scoreboard shows that it was only a 21 point win, but this game was far from close. The Wolverines once again controlled the line of scrimmage, on their way to a cool 254 rushing yards. D.J. Durkin’s defense looked great in the matchup, holding the Rebels to 235 total yards on the afternoon. At the end of the day it was another great TEAM win for Michigan, but a few individuals played above the rest.
The Michigan Wolverines now have win number one of the season, and fans are filled with plenty of anticipation for another victory. They convincingly beat Oregon State last week 35-7 with old-fashioned smash mouth football. The offensive line pushed back the defense line and allowed the running backs to gain over 200 rushing yards.
Now we are ready for win number two! This week they will face the UNLV Rebels for the first time ever. Here is your Last Look at everything you need to know for Michigan vs. UNLV.