Following weeks of speculation, Michigan and Utah have formally announced a home-and-home series.
Utah will go on the road first to Ann Arbor in 2014 with the Wolverines returning the favor in 2015 for what will be Michigan’s first-ever Thursday night game.
“A home-and-home series with Michigan is the kind of opportunity that comes with membership in the Pac-12 Conference,” said Utah athletic director Chris Hill. “I greatly appreciate Coach Whittingham’s willingness to add college football’s winningest program to his already difficult 2014 schedule, which will also feature five Pac-12 road games.”
The two squads have met twice before, in 2002 and 2008, and the all-times series is tied at one win a piece. The last meeting in ’08 saw Utah beat Michigan 25-23.
In other Michigan scheduling news, the Wolverines will also host Appalachian State (LOL!!!!) in 2014 and will take a two-year hiatus from the rivalry with Notre Dame in 2018 and ’19.
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”
If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.
On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa. The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.
Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.
Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team. He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.
With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.