Monday, October 14, 2019 - 2:57pm
Senior linebacker Josh Uche had five tackles for loss against Illinois.

Uche contributing at a high level now is more important than ever, because unlike last year, Michigan doesn’t have Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich to fall back on. Where Uche’s production felt like a bonus in 2018, it’s now a necessity.

For Uche — and his teammates — it also feels like an inevitability.

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 12:51am
Senior running back Tru Wilson fumbled in a key spot against Illinois.

What happened next, the Wolverines working their way out of trouble to win, 42-25, does little to hide one of the overarching issues of their season. After Saturday, they have fumbled 17 times, ranked 126th of 130 in the FBS, and lost nine. After six games in 2019, they have lost triple the number of fumbles they did in 2018 while passing their overall total in turnovers from the previous year.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 3:42pm
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CHAMPAIGN — For all the pent-up concern about this Michigan football team, there was never much of a question as to whether it would beat Illinois on Saturday. The question lay in the how of it. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 8:30pm
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Two-and-a-half weeks ago, Josh Metellus sat expressionless behind a podium in Madison.

The senior safety had just played four of the most embarrassing quarters of his career, helpless as Wisconsin beat up Michigan for 35 points and 359 yards on the ground. A defense that had faced another round of losing its best talent to the NFL was seemingly at its breaking point.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 1:42am
Presented by The Michigan Daily's sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

The Daily breaks down Michigan’s 10-3 win over Iowa, then talks to hockey writers Tien Le and Bailey Johnson about Tien challenging Strauss Mann and Jake Slaker to a race.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:06pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson has kept his faith in new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, despite some statistical struggles to start the season.

Michigan ranked 25th in offensive SP+ last year. It brought in a new coordinator, Josh Gattis. Through a month of the season, it ranks 66th in the same category. Pick whatever number you want — the Wolverines are probably down. As Patterson and others pointed out, they are 4-1, their fate still in their hands. But the numbers seem to portend things getting worse once the tough part of the schedule comes around.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 4:40pm
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Lining up against Iowa, Michigan was faced with what could have been in NFL prospect offensive lineman Alaric Jackson, but with greatly improved o-line play of its own, it doesn't care.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 4:04pm
The Michigan men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted their first ever Pride Day on Sunday afternoon, a positive step for the Athletic Department.

When I walked into U-M Soccer Stadium 45 minutes before the first game on Sunday, nobody was in the stands yet but “Dancing Queen” blared over the speakers. So, I guess there were never any plans to be subtle.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 5:06pm
Michigan's offense struggled to move the ball in Saturday's 10-3 win over Wisconsin.

An hour after a game in which Michigan scored just 10 points, averaged just 4.5 yards per play and gained less than 300 yards total, Jim Harbaugh sat behind a microphone and declared that his team’s offense was “hitting our stride.”

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:01pm
The Michigan football team has a chance to define its season against Iowa.

From there, it goes one of two ways. Last season, Michigan ripped off 10 straight wins, including three over good teams, riding the streak into Columbus as the bruise left by the initial loss faded. In 2017, it metastasized and Michigan went 8-4 in the regular season, the worst year of the Harbaugh era.
Those are the two directions this season can head towards Saturday.