Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 6:31 AM EST Nov 16, 2018 The game before The Game has arrived. Also, basketball season is here, as evidenced by Michigan's road thrashing of Villanova on Wednesday. All that and more in this week's mailbag. Q: (Michigan was) in the driver's seat in 2016 and dropped (three of our last four) games. What makes you think this team is different than that team? — @Garbo824 A: A fine question and one I've thought about. The answer is that this Michigan team already has gotten its lesson in what happens when you're not prepared to handle adversity: The Notre Dame game. More: Michigan football vs. Indiana: Scouting report, prediction The 2016 team wasn't put in any difficult situations, really, until the 10th game of the year. Michigan had challenging games vs. Colorado and Wisconsin early, but those were home games. They played away against a bad Michigan State team. But that … [Read more...] about Is this Michigan football team built to finish strong?
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Once the top-rated player in the Gophers football recruiting class of 2019, Jason Bargy now faces a charge of domestic battery in Illinois and is no longer in Minnesota’s plans. A four-star defensive end at Momence (Ill.) High School, Bargy was released from a Kankakee (Ill.) County detention center on $5,000 bail on Tuesday after his Sunday arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 5 on a Class A misdemeanor charge of domestic battery/bodily harm. The maximum penalty is one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Even before the arrest, the Gophers had moved away from their recruitment of Bargy six weeks ago because the staff had concerns about his collegiate eligibility, sources familiar with Bargy’s recruitment said. Under NCAA rules, coaches cannot speak specifically about recruits until they sign a national letter of intent. Gophers coach P.J. Fleck spoke in general terms during his Tuesday news conference about how his program handles situations in which it has to … [Read more...] about Jason Bargy no longer a top Gophers football recruit after domestic battery charge
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 11:11 PM EDT Oct 27, 2018 With roughly a month to go in the regular season, the prognosticating for the College Football Playoff will be hitting a fever pitch over the next several weeks. But before anyone in the Big Ten can start making travel plans, the matter of deciding the division champions to see who plays for the conference title in Indianapolis will need to be settled. And after Saturday’s game, almost nothing is certain. Big games still await the leaders in the East while over in the West, Northwestern has the leg up but has hardly clinched anything other than crippling Wisconsin’s chances with a two-touchdown win over the Badgers on Saturday. There wasn’t much movement to be made this weekend in the East as Michigan and Ohio State were off. The Wolverines are on top at 5-0 while the Buckeyes are 4-1 after the loss last week at Purdue. But with the teams facing off in the regular-season finale, the … [Read more...] about Big Ten football race: Michigan Wolverines, Northwestern Wildcats have inside track but much can change
Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 6:33 p.m. UTC Aug 15, 2018 The college football season is close (we promise). Among the sports websites that can hardly contain themselves is CBSSports.com. The writers there tried to pick the best team in each state in Division I. The criteria wasn't so much projection for this season as it was "head-to-head wins and other recent accomplishments." There are some compelling arguments across the country, especially in places like Florida, Tennessee and Texas. With apologies to the Mid-American Conference directional schools, this debate for this state comes down to two teams: Michigan and Michigan State. Considering one team is 8-2 in its last 10 against the other, and that same team has won the Big Ten three times since 2010, the choice is simple. And CBSSports.com agrees. It's Michigan State. This, according to Ben Kercheval: "It's been clear-cut for several years now. Michigan State has owned its … [Read more...] about Michigan State clearly the best football team in Michigan, writer says
With the spring game over, Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck had more reason to be optimistic this year than he had when he took over the job a year ago. Fleck talked a lot this spring about how the additions from the 2017 and ’18 recruiting classes have given the team depth in his second season. You could see that a number of the players from those classes, including the seven early enrollees from 2018 and the freshmen who redshirted in 2017, will be key parts of the Gophers this season, as those players were on the field in big numbers on Thursday. Last year around the time of the spring game the Gophers roster was so depleted that they couldn’t even run two teams on the field and had to do more of a scrimmage. They had 22 players injured last year and couldn’t field a decent offensive line. A big reason for that is that the 2015 recruiting class, which had helped the Gophers win the 2016 Holiday Bowl over Washington State, lost 18 players through suspension, … [Read more...] about Gophers football bolstered by numbers in P.J. Fleck’s second season