#3 Michigan Football Game Preview vs Illinois Fighting Illini

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Ah, the depth chart mind games! It’s a staple of every football coach. Chip Kelly, during his Philadelphia Eagles days, even once said that he lets a Media Relations staffer make his for him. Depth chart obfuscation is all part of the Art of War that is football, and no one takes that to heart more than Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.

He doesn’t release his to the public; ever.

Remember Michigan football is a submarine after all. This week, Illini football Coach Lovie Smith refrained from releasing one either.

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In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on a hybrid of three facets: the latest Chicago Tribune NFL power rankings, the current NFL standings and our speculation of how the league will play itself out during the remaining three quarters of the season the post-season.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation.

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

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Michigan’s LB/DB Jabrill Peppers a True Heisman Trophy Candidate


The last time that a defensive player won the Heisman trophy it was a Michigan Wolverine. Charles Woodson, a defensive back to be exact. Maybe the next time that it happens, it’ll also be a Michigan star, who also plays DB (among other things) in Jabrill Peppers.

Good ol’ #5 began his UM career as a DB but now he’s moved on to doing that and so much more. Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh listed out everything Peppers can, should and does do for the Wolverines this preseason. You can read the very long quote. 

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Michigan Football Tops B1G Power Rankings After Week 1


With quite a few bowl games now sponsored by a fried chicken chain, chances are your team could end up in a bowl named after a prominent member of “Big Fried Chicken.” Yes indeed, fast food fried chicken is in bed with the sport. Unfortunately, the B1G only has a couple bowl agreements tied in to this lobby.

Those games aren’t high up the bowl food chain either. Unless you’re below six, seven or eight on this list…no free Foster Farms, Popeyes or Zaxby’s for you.

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Jim Harbaugh “Quirks,” “Eccentrities” Actually Vital for College Football

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Real change can only comes when the people on the inside make it happen. The only individuals who can alter the establishment have to already be established themselves. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is a perfect example. Yes, he’s weird.

Or you can call him eccentric, zany, quirky, avant-garde, unorthodox. The media make Harbaugh their darling of all darlings, but there are deeper reasons for that. The media talk incessantly about him for more meaningful reasons than just increasing television ratings.

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Michigan Football: Four Players with NFL Draft 1st Round Potential


The Michigan Wolverines, yes your Michigan football team, has now been deemed the B1g conference favorite. Actually, some sports books have granted UM the National Championship favorite.  The last time Michigan football was nationally title relevant was 2006 (maybe you can make a case for 2011, with the Sugar Bowl win, depending on how you define nationally relevant). and their most recent title came in 1997.

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Jabrill Peppers “Could Explode into a Giant Man,” Says Jim Harbaugh


The incessant hullabalooza over Jim Harbaugh overshadows everything else that’s a part of Michigan Wolverines football these days. Harbaugh is definitely a brand and he’s now done for khakis what Bear Bryant did for Houndstooth and Bill Belichick has done for hoodies.

Harbaugh has a ton of NFL talent on his current team; mostly on the defensive side of the ball. Leading the way is blue chip NFL prospect Jabrill Peppers. ESPN ranked him the #9 overall player in the nation this season.

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Michy Batshuyai Sports Michigan Wolverines Hat with N’Golo Kante


One of Chelsea‘s two main summer signings, Michy Batshuayi, had some positive moments yesterday in the Blues’ lopsided loss to Real Madrid yesterday. Los Blancos went up 3-0 by halftime, before Eden Hazard out proverbial lipstick on the piglike box score, yielding a 3-2 finish in the International Champions Cup preseason friendly.

Batshuayi showed some promise, threatening Real Madrid’s goal on a couple occasions.

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Jim Harbaugh Likely Attending Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Won’t Pick Side

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On Saturday, Chelsea FC will take on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest one outside North Korea. It’s home to Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan Wolverines. 

Harbaugh will be there; probably.

The last time a soccer game was played at the venue commonly referred to as “The Big House” was August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United; and that match such a new record set for American single game soccer attendance.

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All B1G Teams as Simpsons characters: Michigan Wolverines =Mr. Burns


Today kicks off B1G Media Days and your Michigan Wolverines are now deemed the league favorite. Actually, some sports books have ascribed UM the National Championship favorite. Ok, that’s a bit presumptive! Yes, we know that the media fawns over Jim Harbaugh more than they fawn over any other individual, but I still don’t know how we really got here on that one.

Of course, I also have no idea how a casino magnate with three wives and a disturbing tendency to publicly lust over his own daughter became the Presidential nominee of the political party dominated by the religious right, as 2016 is truly bizarro world.

How did we get here? The last time the Michigan Wolverines were last nationally relevant in 2006 and their most recent title came in 1997.

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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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Michigan Cheerleaders Win Fourth Straight Title

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The Michigan Cheerleaders team claimed their fourth straight NCA Collegiate Championship title last night, finishing just ahead of runner-up Florida International for the Coed Cheer Division I title.

The Michigan Wolverines posted a finals score of 86.23 edging out FIU’s mark of 86.20.

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