Michigan Wolverines Football News - August 26, 2008 (MAIZE RAGE Edition #2)
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From revenge to rage, intriguing games provide story lines
Aug. 30: Utah at Michigan (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
"Lloyd Carr's final season as Michigan's coach opened with the aforementioned loss to Appalachian State. Rich Rodriguez's tenure could very well open with a loss to the Utes, who return 14 starters from a team that finished 9-4 in 2007."
They're not Pat White, but Michigan QBs believe in themselves
"You're the leader of the offense. We're out there, we're calling plays. There is still a learning curve, but we're getting to the point where we're pretty comfortable."
- Michigan QB Steven Threet
Happy to be back, The Dash kicks off the season
Coaches Making Big Debuts
Rich Rodriguez (24) and Michigan versus Utah. The radical stylistic makeover of America's most tradition-bound program gets its unveiling against a very capable opponent. It would be best to avoid a rerun of last year's season opener in Ann Arbor, but it won't be easy.
Michigan coach Rodriguez mum on starting QB, RB
Rodriguez talks quarterbacks, Utah, Victor’s Walk
On the biggest problems Utah presents:
“The experience they have is one thing. That’s a team that’s going to come in very confident, very aggressive defensively. I’ve said it before – they think this may be their best team since Urban’s [Meyer] team went to the BCS.
They’ve got a very athletic quarterback that runs the spread, which we’ve had problems against in the past. They’ve got some explosive players. They’ve got some of the fastest corners we will play against. They’re pretty solid, and they’ve got a great punter/kicker in Louis Sakoda.
There are really no weak spots, and it’s a veteran team. So it’s not like we’re opening up against somebody that we can mess around and play awful and win. We’ve got to play well to win this one.”
Official depth chart released
- THINGS TO NOTE: Nick Sheridan and Steven Threet both listed for quarterback, and Sam McGuffie and Michael Shaw are listed before Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown in the RB spots.
Rodriguez must know OSU not just any game
Jim Tressel started counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the Michigan game on the January afternoon he was hired as Ohio State's coach in 2001. Given his 6-1 record against the Maize and Blue, Rich Rod might want to find out where Tressel purchases his watches and clocks.
While he's at it, there was a poll by ESPN in 2000 he should research. It ranked Ohio State-Michigan as the greatest rivalry in sports.
Bigger than Army-Navy.
Bigger than Yankees-Red Sox.
Bigger than Lakers-Celtics.
Yes, to be parochial about it, even bigger than Browns-Steelers.
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