Michigan to face SMU in 2018

Michigan has scheduled the Mustangs from Southern Methodist University to play them on September 15, 2018.  On the move SMU A.D. Rick Hart said, “While it’s still several years down the road, we’re excited about this game. It will give us a chance to showcase our team and university on a national stage and will allow our student-athletes a chance to compete in one of college football’s legendary stadiums.”

In 2018 the Wolverines open their season against Arkansas on Sept. 1.

The Greatest Michigan/SEC Games – ‘99 vs. Arkansas

Tom Brady threw two early INT’s to set up Arkansas scoring drives putting the Wolverines in an early hole. But Michigan still led 24-10 at the half in the 1999 Citrus Bowl. Arkansas then scored three straight times to go up 31-24 before Brady would led the Wolverines on three straight TD drives to win the game 45-31.

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A Split During Livestock Week

By Basketball Writer: Drew Montag

It was Livestock Week for the (#19) University of Michigan men’s basketball team last week.  They played the “cows” (Michigan State) and the “hogs” (Arkansas), and they won one and lost one.  On Tuesday (01/17/2012) they beat (#9) MSU 60-59 in Crisler Arena, thenon Saturday (01/21/2012) they lost at Arkansas 66-64.  This brings Michigan’s record to 15-5 (5-2 in the Big Ten).

Both games were exciting, and both games came down to the visiting team taking the last shot with a chance to win the game.  Trey Burke - Grantland.comIn both games, the last-ditch shots failed.  In the MSU game, our old buddy Draymond Green missed a runner with about 2 seconds left, and his follow-up tip-in attempt also missed, even though it wouldn’t have counted anyway, since the horn had already sounded.  In the Arkansas game, Trey Burke got off a good 3-point attempt at the buzzer, and it rimmed out.

UM played a very good game vs. the Farmers Spartans, getting ahead early and keeping a comfortable lead for most of the game.  After leading by 7 points (36-29) at halftime, Michigan pushed the lead up as high as 11 points (47-36) with about 12 minutes left in the game.  Everyone knew that MSU would have a run at some point in the game, and this was the point.  State went on a 16-2 run, and led 52-49 with 5:47 left to play.  The rest of the game was very tense, with UM recapturing the lead with 37 seconds left, and MSU holding for the last shot, which didn’t go in.  When the final horn sounded, the place exploded, and a certain usher in the upper bowl might have behaved less than professionally.

Oh yeah, in case you haven’t heard, Michigan has beaten MSU 3 times in a row now in basketball.

The good news here is that Michigan won a big rivalry game, and looked good doing it.  They are also tied for 1st place in the Big Ten.  The bad news is that UM has had one of the easiest Big Ten schedules so far, and they play most of their remaining games on the road, or against the other contenders, or both.

The Arkansas game was the exact opposite of the MSU game: Michigan got down early, fell way behind, and spent the whole game playing “catch-up”.  Arkansas started the game as hot as any team I have ever seen.  They hit their first 11 shots, including a few 3-pointers, and built up a 20-point lead midway through the 1st half.  Michigan never gave up, and they managed to close the gap to “only” 13 points at halftime (46-33).  They kept scrapping and clawing, and got within 2 points a few times in the closing minutes of the game, including the final 7.6 seconds.  Burke got open, took the shot, and … oh well.

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Pre LOI Day Recruiting Update

Hello all. Just a quick update on recruiting before commitmas day arrives. Coach Hoke and crew should be commended for the excellent job they have done over their first three weeks on the job. They’ve picked up seven commits since January 11th, six of which were new on the recruiting board. Developing those relationships that quickly illustrates how good these guys are at recruiting. Of course having Greg Mattison is a plus! Hoke also solidified commitments from Tony Posada, Blake Countess and Kellen Jones.

On to the next few days. Michigan is still in on a number of prospects as the 2011 recruiting season nears its end. Thomas Rawls, Jake Fisher, Frank Clark, Leilon Willinghan,  Darian Cooper and Chris Barnett are all still considering the Wolverines and will be making their decisions in the next 48 hours. I believe we have a good shot at all of them, but some more so than others.

1. Thomas Rawls. 99% chance he’s a Wolverine. This is no surprise to anyone that follows recruiting. Thomas is a lifelong Michigan fan and finally received his offer this past weekend. Rawls decides tomorrow at 1:30 PM between Central Michigan and Michigan.

2. Frank Clark. 99% chance he’s a Wolverine. But he’s from Cleveland Glenville?!?! Yup. And coach Ginn is a big Brady Hoke fan. This is a nice foot in the door at a football factory. Frank and the other Tarblooders will decide on Wednesday. His top schools are Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina.

3. Leilon Willingham. 80% chance he’s a Wolverine. Leilon is a new recruit and visited a few weekends ago. Coach Mattison made a great impression and vaulted the Wolverines near the top of his list. Willingham will decide on Wednesday between Arizona State, Central Florida, Colorado, Michigan and Washington.

4. Darian Cooper. 51% chance he’s a Wolverine. Dropped Michigan from consideration after RR was fired, but put us back on his list after a visit from coaches Hoke and Mattison. He visited this past weekend and really enjoyed himself. Cooper is a HUGE need and would be an awesome get. Darian will be choosing between Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State on signing day. I think he’ll be Blue, but watch Iowa here as well.

5. Chris Barnett. 50% chance he’s a Wolverine. Another new kid at a position of great need. Barnett recently visited and enjoyed it as well. He is currently a “soft” verbal to Arkansas. Here’s the issue, Arkansas already has three tight ends in the fold other than Barnett and a ridiculous 29 verbals already. Chris will make his choice on Saturday after all of the dust has settled in Hog country.

6. Jake Fisher. 50% chance he’s a Wolverine. Jake verballed to Michigan months ago, but got a wandering eye after coach Rod was canned. He visited Oregon this past weekend, so we’ll see what happens. I just don’t have a gut here. If someone put a gun to my head, I’d say it’s the Ducks. I for one hope he stays closer to home and picks up the Michigan hat for the second time on Wednesday morning.

There you have it boys and girls. We’ll have more for you in the coming days. Then it’s on to 2012!!

GO BLUE!!!!!