Michigan Wolverines expectations in 2012: starting with Alabama Crimson Tide game

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In his first season, Michigan Wolverines coach Brady Hoke brought the big blue back from mediocrity into a BCS bowl. What can he do for an encore? It all starts with the Alabama Crimson Tide game in the season opener. Hoke answered a lot of questions at media day about the season ahead and the Bama game.

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Michigan’s Brady Hoke Wins National Coach of the Year

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When the college football season started, University of Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke made some very arrogant comments at Big Ten media day. He said “we’re not rebuilding,” and “we’re Michigan” a few times. He proved right, and us media types wrong as he was selected as the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year for the 2011 season.

Hoke wasn’t the Wolverines first choice, or even the second or third, but the “Michigan Man” was named the 19th head coach in University of Michigan football history on Jan. 11, 2011.

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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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Michigan’s Denard Robinson: Overrated, Below Average Passer

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Michigan Wolverines QB Denard Robinson is exciting and fun to watch. But he’s not a “dual threat quarterback.” That term is getting thrown around by the media way too liberally these days. Literally, it means a signal caller that can both pass and run effectively. But the way it’s applied, it really means any QB who’s a great runner.

Technically, both Denard and Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez are “single threat” QBs because both are electric runners, but neither can actually pass the ball very well.

So please stop the talk about why Denard’s just a phenomenal, transcendent type player. I’ll go into detail on why he’s extremely substandard as a thrower.

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Michigan Wolverines Stay Undefeated, Conquer Northwestern 42-24

The #11 Michigan Wolverines took to the road for the first time this season tonight. And in their trip to Northwestern‘s Ryan Field, UM quickly found themselves trailing for just the second time this season in the second half. (The first time was the Notre Dame “Under the Lights” game).

Denard Robinson, 17-26-337 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT made some really ugly throws in the first half, and Michigan trailed Northwestern 24-14 at the break. (Largely because of those Denard picks).

But then scored 28 unanswered to send a resounding message, in defeating NU 42-24.

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#11 Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats: Brutally Honest Game Preview

If you ever needed any more evidence that Greg Robinson was in fact THE WORST Defensive Coordinator in college football history, look no further than what the Michigan Wolverines defense has done this year. They’ve only given up 10 whole points in their last three games, and the unit is more opportunistic and turnover-forcing (more on that here)

Sure, this unit has their two best DBs which they missed last year, but they also graduated their best defender from 2010. Personally, I knew Robinson was fired the minute I saw Illini RB Mikel Leshoure burn UM not once, but twice with the exact same wheel route in the 67-65 game. The exact same play the Illini burned Purdue the very week before.

Is the Mich defense that much better? Yes. Are they really that good? NO!

The visit to the Northwestern Wildcats will be big blue’s first time away from the big house in 2011, and their schedule has been soft. Are they a good team? Yes. Are they a top ten team in the nation? NO!

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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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Wolverines, Illini Enter Top 25; Buckeyes, Spartans Drop Out

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The Big Ten saw two teams drop out of the national polls this week; only to be replaced by two different teams. The Michigan Wolverines, who were on the cusp of the rankings last week, entered for the first time this college football season at #22.

Fresh off their 31-3 pasting of their little sister Eastern Michigan from slightly down the road, the Wolverines will take on their mentor’s former employer in the San Diego State Aztecs. Let the Brady Hoke Bowl begin.

And the Illinois Fighting Illini, who came in with zero total votes in both polls the previous week checked in at #24. Their HUGE win over #18 Arizona State.

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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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Former Wolverines, Heat Star Glen Rice Slept with Sarah Palin

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A new book hitting store shelves next week claims former Miami Heat star Glen Rice and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had a one-night stand back in 1987, when she was a television sports reporter and he was a junior at the University of Michigan.

The National Enquirer is reporting that Palin, a former high school basketball standout herself, hooked up with Rice in 1987 when Rice and the Wolverines was in Anchorage, Alaska, for a college basketball tournament.

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