Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 8:03pm

The bowl game has become an annual metaphorical zombie for the Michigan football team. The team traverses to some warm, southern city, still wallowing from the letdown weeks prior, patently unmotivated to face off against an SEC opponent. For the last three years, the Wolverines have taken their lumps, underperformed, then haphazardly spewed that next year will be different.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 5:54pm

As the seconds continued to churn off the second-half clock Saturday, a sea of red began to funnel down the rows of Michigan Stadium. Chants of O-H-I-O from the traveling fan base rained down, and the locals filed for the exits.

The scoreboard was lopsided, and it would only grow moreso. The visiting sideline stayed composed because they’ve got more business to attend to in the coming weeks, and because nearly every one of them had been in this spot before, trouncing their supposed archrival. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 5:09pm
Junior wide receiver Nico Collins will be a pivotal part of Michigan's gameplan against Ohio State..

Even in a game that will feature future NFL talent up and down the field, Collins’ skillset will stick out. Ohio State will likely line up cornerback Jeff Okudah on Collins for the majority of the game, who, for all his merits, will be at a three-to-four inch size disadvantage. Collins, coming off a monstrous six-catch, 165-yard, three-touchdown outing against Indiana will be out for more in the most important game of his career to date.

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 9:49pm

Just when all looked depleted, when the only source of intrigue for the Ohio State game was going to be the margin of defeat, Michigan lifted a moribund season from its already-constructed grave. In the process, it instilled just a kernel of that pesky, pesky thing called hope.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 5:18pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson threw for 366 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday in a win over Indiana.

This year, the combination of talent and system are coalescing at the perfect time, and they give Michigan one clear reason for hope going into Saturday: quarterback Shea Patterson.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:02pm

BLOOMINGTON — Nico Collins took his time walking off the field Saturday night. Helmet off, Collins peered up at a cluster of visiting Michigan fans. He heard a few “Let’s go Blue” chants mixed in with “Beat Ohio,” a smattering of yells rendering both incoherent.

Collins looked up and pointed his right arm at the fans. They responded in kind.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 8:39pm

Ronnie Bell’s name would not have occupied the same breath. But that’s where he is — the leading receiver on the team, on pace for the most receiving yards in a season since Amara Darboh in 2016. Even after a career-high 150-yard outburst against Michigan State, Bell’s mindset has never wavered.

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 7:20pm

This year, in particular, few in and around Schembechler Hall are under any illusions about the challenge of going to Indiana and the cliche of the Hoosiers providing Michigan with a trap game.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 9:34pm

In 12 plays and 5:39, Michigan’s offense showed it all, and in the process offered a tantalizing hypothetical: Maybe this offense actually could be everything it once promised.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh stopped Shea Patterson moments before he trotted onto the field to put the finishing touches on his best performance as a Wolverine.

“I told him before he went out to take that snap, I said, ‘Now this year, after you take the kneel down, keep the ball and don’t throw it up in the air,’ Harbaugh recalled. “Because he had a heckuva game and I thought he should have the game ball.”

“I’ve got another plan,” Patterson replied.