Michigan Suffers 1st Season Loss at Michigan St. Still Have Cool New Uniforms

Just like I predicted on Thursday morning, the #23 Michigan State Spartans pulled the upset over the #11 Michigan Wolverines. It’s the first loss of the season for UM, and their fourth in a row to State. Little brother no more? And entire graduating class of Spartans is now undefeated against their in-state rivalry.

But hey Michigan still has some really cool new retro uniforms (more on that later). MSU used a big 14 point third quarter to win 28-14 and take control of the Legends division in the Big Ten. The winner of this game has the inside track to representing the division in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis.

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#11 Michigan Wolverines vs. #23 Michigan State Spartans: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans, the battle for Great Lakes State supremacy.

Basically, if you’re a college football fan who lives in the Upper Midwest, and you don’t have a boner (figuratively, not literally of course) for this game then…..you are a terrorist. There is no question about it, you’re not with us, but with the terrorists.

As relevant a national game as any this weekend, as heated a rivalry as any, story-lines galore:

the “little brother has won the last three, the big brother looks to finally be ready to move out of his parents basement now after losing his job and gaining some weight the past few years. And only one loss combined with the two teams. Let’s get it on!

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Michigan WR Junior Hemingway: A Movable Feast of Receiving Yards

Coming into the 2011 season, it was thought Roy Roundtree would be the go-to guy for the Michigan Wolverines receiving corps. After all, he broke the school record for single game receiving yards (246) versus the Illini last year and fell just 65 yards shy of a 1,000 yard season.

But Roundtree only has 8 grabs for 127 yards on the season and it’s senior Junior Hemingway who’s been THE GUY. Hemingway’s 26.1 yards/catch average leads the Big Ten; second in all of college football.  For Hemingway it’s been “the Old Man and the YAC” or “A Farewell to PBUs” or “For Whom the Blown Coverage tolls.”

(Tell me when to stop because I can do this all day. If Fitzgerald Toussaint were to develop into a dominating offensive weapon, watch out- I’d be dropping F. Scott Fitzgerald references all day.”
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#22 Wolverines 28, SDSU Aztecs 7: The Michigan Difference

There was a Saturday like this last season in Big Ten football. Where no one in the conference played anybody at all. I think it may have been the same week- the one preceding the start of conference play, so everyone could fatten up with a won and get their confidence up for league play.

Directional Michigan looked pretty bad in the morning games as the Central Michigan Chippewas lost 45-7 to the Michigan State Spartans and the Penn State Nittany Lions crushed the Eastern Michigan Eagles 34-6. The Western Michigan Broncos are giving the Illini everything they can handle though, early in the 3rd quarter.

One game that looked good on paper was the Brady Hoke Bowl: Michigan Wolverines vs. San Diego State Aztecs. Reality told a different story though, as it was also a blowout.

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#22 Michigan Wolverines vs. San Diego State Aztecs: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Michigan Wolverines vs. San Diego State Aztecs– pretty obvious storyline in this match-up of two 3-0 teams. Welcome to the Brady Hoke Bowl! From Fox Sports/AP:

When Brady Hoke was coaching at San Diego State, he played a part in scheduling a game for this week at Michigan Stadium. Hoke now wishes he hadn’t.

”I told Dave Brandon, `Let’s buy that one out,”’ Hoke recalled Monday. Why? ”They’re good,” Hoke said.

Hoke would know. He led San Diego State for two years, turning around its program after doing the same at Ball State, before he was hired by Michigan in January to replace Rich Rodriguez.

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Michigan Star Roy Roundtree Gets Signature Moment, Denard POW Honors

Michigan Wolverines Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver Roy Roundtree is among the best receivers in the Big Ten. The active UM career leader in yards and receiving, he also holds the Michigan record for receiving yards in a single game (246) set against the Illini in the wild 67-65 multiple overtime game last November.

And in Michigan’s exciting come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame, the first night home night game in the 134 year history of the program, Roundtree had a play that will forever be his college football “signature moment.”

Like Desmond Howard’s famous “Heisman pose.”

On the last play from scrimmage, Roundtree caught a go-ahead, game-winning 16-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Denard Robinson with two seconds remaining.

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Illini, Wolverines take Home Big 10 POW Awards. No Surprise!

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On Saturday, the Illini and Wolverines played a college football game that was to offense what Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is to hair-sprayed “poofs.” The two squads also played defense in the same manner that the “Jersey Shore” promotes literacy.

Anyways, the game was an instant triple overtime classic in which the two football teams combined to score more points than in eight of their last nine college basketball meetings. For one Saturday, the Big Ten became the WAC.

Not surprisingly, one player from each team, Illini Mikel LeShoure and Michigan’s Roy Roundtree

By Paul M. Banks

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