Category: Michigan Wolverines

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back De'Veon Smith #4 of the Michigan Wolverines is taken off the field with an injury against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Wolverines to be without leading rusher, starting corner vs. Terps

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The weather/field conditions won’t be the only things having an effect on Michigan’s offense Saturday afternoon.  And their defense for that matter.

According to, De’Veon Smith was not on the travel roster for UM’s game against Maryland in College Park and will not play against the Terps.  The running back sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU, and was extremely limited throughout the week in practice.

Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.  He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

With Smith out, Ty Isaac, UM’s second-leading rusher with 170 yards but tops with a team-leading 8.5 yards per carry, will be expected to carry more of the running-game load.

In addition to Smith, starting cornerback Channing Stribling will be out as well.  No reason was given for his absence, with a school spokesperson telling the website that head coach Jim Harbaugh will explain the situation after the game.

Hurricane threat pushes start of Michigan-Maryland way up

IN SPACE - SEPTEMBER 30:  In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Joaquin is seen chruning in the Caribbean September 30, 2015. Joaquin was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane early on September 30. The exact track has yet to be determined, but there is a  possibity of landfall in the U.S. anywhere from North Carolina to the Northeast.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
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With Hurricane Joaquin either headed toward the United States or out into the Atlantic Ocean but still impacting the Eastern seaboard, depending on which computer model is the weather flavor of the minutes, the system has the potential to impact a handful of college football games this weekend.

In fact, the threat of it has already impacted one game.

Due to expected adverse weather, Michigan announced early Thursday afternoon, the start time for its game Saturday against Maryland in College Park has been moved up to noon ET.  The Wolverines and Terrapins had originally been scheduled to kick-off at 8 p.m. ET.

The stated reason for the move is “the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin.”

“The weather experts are still dealing with uncertain probabilities for the course of Hurricane Joaquin,” UM athletic director Jim Hackett said in a statement. “Thus we remain vigilant on developments and will err on the side of safety for all participants and fans.”

As a side effect of the Michigan-Maryland move, the Big Ten announced that “Nebraska’s game with Illinois, which was scheduled to kick off at 2:42 p.m. (central), will now kick off at 3:02 p.m.” The delay is to accommodate any potential weather-related delays that could arise during earlier games.

Other games that could potentially be affected by Hurricane Joaquin include, among others, Pittsburgh-Virginia Tech, Louisville-North Carolina State, Boston College-Duke, Florida State-Wake Forest and the huge Notre Dame-Clemson matchup. Thus far, though, none of those games have been impacted, although that could obviously change over the next 24-48 hours as the system moves closer to landfall, if that’s indeed its eventual path.

In fact, one of the schools hosting one of the games mentioned seems to have adopted a “bring it on” attitude when it comes to the weather.

Oregon drops out of AP poll for first time since 2009; Buckeyes, Spartans remain on top


The Oregon Ducks had an AP-ranked college football team for precisely six years. On Sunday, Oregon was removed from the AP Top 25 after being stomped at home by Utah Saturday night. The last time Oregon was not ranked by the AP voters was September 26, 2009. The Ducks were ranked the next day after upsetting California, and they stayed in the AP poll while enjoying a high level of success as a program. The Ducks will be back in the rankings at some point, but they have some concerns to address in the eyes of the AP voters and anyone who watched them Saturday night.

Ohio State and Michigan State remain on top of the AP poll this week, the Buckeyes continuing to keep the top spot warm with 45 first-place votes. The Spartans picked up five first-place votes and remain second in the poll ahead of Ole Miss. The Rebels picked up 10 first-place votes this week after avoiding an upset bid by Vanderbilt. TCU was tied with Ole Miss last week but is now the fourth team in the poll after escaping Lubbock with a win against Texas Tech. No. 5 Baylor and No. 6 Notre Dame remained where they were a week ago following blowout wins, while No. 7 UCLA moved up two spots following a dismantling of Arizona in Tucson. UCLA passed over No. 8 Georgia and No. 9 LSU, and No. 10 Utah moved up eight spots to round out this week’s top 10. The Utes earned one first-place vote after improving to 4-0 with wins over Oregon and Michigan.

The Wolverines also make an appearance in this week’s AP poll. Jim Harbaugh has Michigan playing well heading into Big Ten play, and they will do so as the No. 22 team in the nation. No. 23 West Virginia, No. 24 Cal and No. 25 Florida all make their first appearances in the AP poll this week. No. 21 Mississippi State returned to the poll this week as well.

This week’s AP poll, with first-place votes noted, is below.

  1. Ohio State (45)
  2. Michigan State (5)
  3. Ole Miss (10)
  4. TCU
  5. Baylor
  6. Notre Dame
  7. UCLA
  8. Georgia
  9. LSU
  10. Utah (1)
  11. Florida State
  12. Clemson
  13. Alabama
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Northwestern
  17. USC
  18. Stanford
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Oklahoma State
  21. Mississippi State
  22. Michigan
  23. West Virginia
  24. California
  25. Florida