Michigan and Washington Announce Home-And-Home Starting in 2020

The and the Washington Huskies announced a home-and-home series beginning in 2020.

The series will feature games in Ann Arbor as well as in Washington. This series will help boost Michigan’s chances to get into a college football playoff because of the strength of schedule.

This is the first meeting since 2002 between the two schools

We will update this story as it develops

Should Michigan Be Giving Ty Isaac’s Reps To Someone Else?

As the NCAA continues to hold out on its decision to grant running back transfer Ty Isaac immediate eligibility through a hardship waiver or make him sit out this 2014 season, he’s continuing to eat up reps in the backfield so he can keep learning the offense and, if he’s cleared to play this season, be an impact on the field. But with Michigan‘s lack of production from the running backs, could Isaac’s employment within the offense actually be hurting the Wolverines?

As the days go by and as we inch closer to the start of this season, it seems less and less likely that the NCAA will grant Isaac the hardship waiver, meaning he won’t be an option in 2014. In that case, he’s just another victim of the system, as a I discuss here.

Sophomores Derrick Green and De’veon Smith, as well as redshirt sophomore Drake Johnson, are all in the mix at this point to get the starting nod on Aug. 30 against Appalachian State. Even though Brady Hoke has said Smith and Johnson are basically No. 1 and 1.a at this point, Green isn’t out of the discussion; he has himself in great physical shape and could be a bulldozer coming out of Michigan’s backfield.

There’s obviously a huge risk-reward factor here. If Isaac isn’t cleared to play this season, it will be easy to look back and think of how many extra reps the other running backs could have gotten in place of him. Of course if Isaac is cleared to play, keeping having kept him in the mix the whole time looks like a wise move.

Isaac sat out at the “Under The Lights” scrimmage with a stinger, so we missed a good opportunity to gage his performance with the rest of the backs, but he’ll certainly be competing for reps whenever he’s able to play.

One guy who often gets left out of the conversation when talking about the running backs is senior Justice Hayes. Who knows—maybe Hayes has to step up from time to time this season. Would that really surprise anyone?

Hoke has already come out and said Isaac’s workload in the backfield could change as Michigan begins prepping for the opener, assuming a verdict remains unreached.

So what do you think? Should Isaac’s reps be going elsewhere? Should that have been the case this whole time? Or is Michigan benefiting from him being in the mix with the rest of the guys, despite the uncertainty of his eligibility?

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Tyler Fenwick is a Michigan Football writer for TheBigHouseReport.com. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google. For all things Michigan, follow @TBHReport on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.

A Compilation Of Michigan Football 2014 Player Expectations

We’ve spent the last few weeks handing out what we consider to be reasonable expectations to some of the Michigan Wolverines’ hottest players this 2014 season, including Devin Gardner, Derrick Green, Jake Ryan and so on. It’s crazy to think Michigan football will be seen within this month of August, but it’s true! So with the start of this highly anticipated season, we bring you a compilation of our expectations for players this season.

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Braxton Miller Injury Possibly Opens The Door For Michigan Wolverines

The Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May reported Monday night that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has re-injured his throwing shoulder, which originally sidelined him in the Buckeyes’ loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl earlier this year. Miller’s season appears to be in jeopardy, and head coach Urban Meyer is going to have to find a quick replacement for the pre-season Heisman Trophy hopeful. This means a door is wide open for the Michigan Wolverines to pounce on the Big Ten‘s East Division and make a run at a Big Ten title.

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Michigan Football: Csont’e York Dismissed From Program

Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke announced in a statement this afternoon that sophomore wide receiver Csont’e York has been dismissed from the program following an alleged assault that took place earlier this month.

York was indefinitely suspended about a week ago. Hoke stated that he would let the legal process play out, but that is no longer the case.

Hoke on York’s dismissal:

“Csont’e York has been dismissed from the Michigan football program,” stated Hoke. “Representing the University of Michigan is a privilege and, while second chances are certainly deserved, sometimes it’s better for everyone if that happens somewhere else. Overall, I have been proud of how responsible our team has been this offseason and how hard they’ve worked to prepare for the season.”

This story is still developing.

Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out Over Michigan’s Offense In The Scrimmage

We had boots on the ground for the Michigan Wolverines‘ open practice and scrimmage Saturday night. The general buzz surrounding the team after that event wasn’t anything uncommon for Michigan fans. It’s not like we learned anything we didn’t already know or anticipate, but the overall level of pessimism regarding the offense, specifically the first-team offense, is completely unwarranted.

As we unanimously anticipated, the offensive line looks to still be a work in progress. Mason Cole was impressive the entire night and even received some praise from Brady Hoke after the game, but there weren’t too many nice things to say about the offensive line. That, of course, immediately leads to talk of the running back situation. Derrick Green, De’Veon Smith and Drake Johnson split the first-team reps and finished the night with 33 yards on 20 carries.

This is where it gets heated. 33 yards on 20 carries makes for an awful yards-per-carry stat, and it makes you re-live the days of last season when, after 20 carries, we were just hoping for a positive total. But why are we being so critical of stats from a scrimmage that was just put on for the benefit of the fans?

I can assure you that Hoke and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier were not going to put a finished product on display for the world to see two weeks before the start of the season. That would have been a foolish move on their part. Would it surprise you if some of (maybe many) Michigan’s 2014 opponents had eyes inside the stadium for this one? I wouldn’t doubt it. I understand the frustration that comes when spring practice and summer workouts don’t seem to have done anything to help the ground game, but can we give it a break for just a couple more weeks?

Devin Gardner also drew some attention to himself Saturday night, finishing 9-for-18 with 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Fans were impressed with a few plays in particular (like a one-handed snag from Devin Funchess), but on the whole, moans and groans became common once again.

For the second time, I’ll point to an obvious coaching call to put the clamps on the playbook, but outside of that, are we allowed to credit a really good defense? That’s what Michigan is working with this season, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Greg Mattison‘s crew looked solid Saturday night.

It’s always fun to get a chance to see what the team looks like a few weeks before the season kicks off, but let’s act responsibly and not blow numbers out of proportion.

Tyler Fenwick is a Michigan Football writer for TheBigHouseReport.com. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google. For all things Michigan, follow @TBHReport on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.

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