The Past Ten Days

In the past ten days Michigan has secured the commitments of seven players (links below) lifting the 2016 class to a total of 17 commits:
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Joshua MetellusSafetyPembroke Pines, FL
Antwaine RichardsonCornerbackJacksonville, FL
Sean McKeonTight EndDudley, MA
Rashad WeaverDefensive EndCooper City, FL
Devin GilSafetyPembroke Pines, FL
Victor ViramontesAthleteNorco, CA
Ben BredesonOffensive TackleHartland, WI

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Iowa Game Prediction

While 7-3 though ten games is not what Michigan envisioned when the season started, how they got there has been equally as disappointing. They showed marginal improvement last week against an injury riddled Northwestern team, however this week in Iowa City will be a much stiffer challenge.

With the shot of playing for a B1G championship gone, a chance at 8 or 9 regular season wins is still on the table.

Iowa’s defense won’t be confused with‎ MSU’s anytime soon, but their front is stout and with Michigan’s struggles along the interior of the offensive line, expecting to rush for near 4 yards a carry two weeks in a row is unlikely.

‎Devin Gardner, from the outside looking in, had a somewhat efficient game last week. But if Northwestern’s defense didn’t have lobster claws for arms they would have picked him off 5-6 times. I get that he’s running for his life nearly every play, but at some point throwing the ball out of bounds needs to cross his mind if his first or second target are covered.

Michigan will try to pound the ball, if for no other reason of Gardner’s preservation. Expect Iowa to use the blueprint of the previous three games and load the box and largely be successful. Michigan will make enough plays to stay in the game.

However both of Iowa’s lines will prove too much for Michigan to overcome, and Iowa will make just enough plays to win.

Iowa 23  Michigan 17

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B1G Ten Players of the Week

Following Big Ten football games on Nov. 16, the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Player of the Week

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Sr., RB, Naples, Fla./Naples

•           Rushed for a career-high 246 yards, the fourth-most in Ohio State history, and scored five total touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ road victory over Illinois, becoming the first Big Ten player since 2010 to score five times in a game

•           Averaged 10.3 yards per carry and rushed for four touchdowns, including runs of one, eight, 51 and 55 yards

•           Also had an 18-yard touchdown reception and totaled 272 all-purpose yards in the game

•           Records the third Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and second this season

•           Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller (Oct. 28, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week

Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

Jr., LB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation

•           Recorded a career-high 16 tackles that included 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in the Buckeyes’ road win at Illinois

•           Forced a fumble on a third-quarter sack, which led to an Illinois safety to give the Buckeyes a 37-21 advantage

•           Leads the conference and ranks among the top 15 in the nation with 1.45 tackles per loss a contest

•           Claims his fourth career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season

•           Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Shazier (Sept. 16, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Brendan Gibbons, Michigan

Sr., K, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman

•           Was perfect on his kicking attempts in a road win against Northwestern, including a 44-yarder as time expired to force overtime

•           Also converted on attempts from 25, 28 and 29 yards to match his career best of four field goals in a game

•           Made two fourth-quarter field goals and added another in the second overtime

•           Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor

•           Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Brendan Gibbons (Oct. 22, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Corey Clement, Wisconsin   

RB, Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro

•           Averaged nearly 10 yards per carry, finishing with 108 yards on 11 totes, and scored two touchdowns in Wisconsin’s win over Indiana

•           Rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time this season and tied a career high with two scores

•           Was one of three Badgers to rush for more than 100 yards in the game as they ran for 554 yards, which ranks eighth in Big Ten single-game history

•           Wins his second Freshman of the Week award

•           Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Corey Clement (Sept. 9, 2013)

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Week 11 B1G Ten Picks

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B1G Week Ten Players of the Week

Offensive Co-Players of the Week

Philip Nelson, Minnesota

So., QB, Mankato, Minn./West

•           Combined for 309 total yards, threw four touchdown strikes and completed 70 percent of his passes in Minnesota’s 42-39 victory over Indiana

•           Notched career highs in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns, becoming the first Gopher quarterback since 2009 to throw four touchdowns in a single game

•           Connected with Maxx Williams on a 50-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to play for the eventual game-winning score after returning following an in-game injury

•           Records the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career after winning Freshman of the Week accolades on Oct. 29, 2012

•           Last Minnesota Offensive Player of the Week: Adam Weber (Nov. 1, 2009)

Bill Belton, Penn State

Jr., RB, Sicklerville, N.J./Winslow Township

•           Recorded a career-high 201 rushing yards and scored a touchdown in Penn State’s overtime win against Illinois

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