The newly announced Top 5 for 5-star running back prospect Damien Harris was announced earlier this evening, and there was something I noticed quickly; Michigan was no longer on his list.
We’ve taken our rounds predicting who the Michigan Wolverines‘ MVP will be this 2014 season; we’ve jabbed in the dark trying to predict Michigan’s regular season record. Now it’s time to see what the TBHR staff thinks about the Wolverines’ chances against rivals Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State this season.
All three of these games are on the road, and Michigan either looks equal to or lesser than each opponent. In simpler terms, it’s going to be an uphill battle. Brady Hoke is 4-5 against Michigan’s biggest rivals since arriving in Ann Arbor, but he’s failed to beat Michigan State and Ohio State in the same season, and the Wolverines have posted a 1-2 record each of the last two seasons.
So the question I asked our terrific staff: How many rivalry games will Michigan win this season? As has been the custom, writers submit their vote with a confidence number and a chance to explain their decision.
With camp set to kick off in just a few days for college football teams across the country, fans are starting to really get fired up for the football season, including myself. The Big Ten will be one of the more interesting conferences this year with no shortage of talented players, so I decided to throw my picks for the best in the conference together.
Follow me through the jump as I give you my preseason All-Big Ten team.
Last year, Jeremy Gallon led the Michigan WR’s in every important category. He led in receptions (89), receiving yards (1373), and touchdowns (9). This is going to be a tough act to follow for all Michigan receivers this year. If anyone is going to get close to the numbers that Gallon had last year, it will be junior receiver Dennis Norfleet. Continue reading
Earlier this morning Marcus Lewis decommitted from Florida, he is now considered by many to have the Wolverines as his leader after the annual barbecue on Sunday.
The Michigan Wolverines added a huge piece to their 2015 recruiting class over the weekend in the form of four-star athlete Brian Cole (Saginaw, MI).
It’s a big commitment based on beating their rivals for his services. Cole is a fantastic talent and one of the better athletes in the nation, so to have him pledging to the Maize and Blue is what the Wolverines have been hoping for, and they got it.
Follow through the jump as we take a look at what Cole brings to the table for Michigan. Continue reading
In 2007, the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines opened their season against a formidably easy opponent, FCS team Appalachian State. What happened next was something that no one will ever forget. Continue reading
I’ve spent a lot of time this offseason trying to assess Michigan‘s need for a productive running back in 2014. We’ve heard since day one of the Brady Hoke era that pounding the football on the ground is going to be the first priority, but it really hasn’t ever been successful. Sure, there have been a few games that make us think the offensive line and running backs have turned the corner, but the lack of consistency has been a major problem for the Wolverines.
Derrick Green is a guy who has to step up this season and show just what he can do as a running back. We know he struggled with weight last season, and we know a very bad offensive line can take a good amount blame for the lack of production, but the bottom line here is Green needs to become a reliable weapon for Michigan’s offense.
Michigan has picked up another commitment for their 2015 class, that player is 4-Star Athlete Brian Cole.
We’ve already predicted who we think Michigan football’s 2014 MVP will be this season, so now it’s time to move on and take stabs at the Wolverines’ regular season record. I asked each of our staff members to submit their vote along with a confidence number (from one to 10) and an explanation as to why they answered the way they did. The answers I received weren’t all that surprising; no one went out on a thin limb and predicted a 12-0 season, but the mix of optimism and skepticism is interesting.