Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 6:02 AM EDT Sep 9, 2019 So which is it? Is Michigan football supposed to feature a new-age offense or will the Wolverines remain seemingly stuck in gear? Is Michigan State football the kind of team that can score in the air or on the ground, or will they stick to the "3 yards and cloud of dust" mantra. We've seen a little bit of both from most Big Ten teams. But as we look at the Big Ten power rankings for Week 2, we can see some truths starting to bare out. For instance, Maryland is good. Many tried not to be swayed by blowing out an FCS team last week, but jumping up early on top of Syracuse has catapulted the Terrapins into the top 25. A disclaimer: rankings this time of year still have the stench of the "well, we thought this team would be really good" benefit of the doubt. 1. Ohio State (2-0) Last week: 1. Never really a doubt as the Buckeyes dispatched in-state foe Cincinnati with easy, 42-0. In … [Read more...] about Big Ten power rankings: Michigan football slips, but how far?
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David Goricki The Detroit News Published 6:18 PM EST Feb 7, 2019 It’s Michigan-Michigan State week and the Spartans are ready to showcase college hockey’s top-scoring line when they travel to Ann Arbor on Friday night to face the Wolverines at Yost Arena. The rematch will be Saturday night Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The "KHL Line" consisting of center Patrick Khodorenko and wingers Taro Hirose and Mitchell Lewandowski has played at a high level all season, combining for 44 goals and 110 points. Hirose, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound junior, is leading the nation with 46 points, including 15 goals. Khodorenko, a 6-0, 210-pound junior, has scored a team-high 16 goals with 33 points, and Lewandowski, a 5-9, 175-pound sophomore from Clarkston, has 13 goals and 31 points. “It’s pretty fun to be a part of it, and I consider myself very lucky to be able to play with those two guys,” Lewandowski said. “Taro is very dominant with the puck, his … [Read more...] about ‘KHL Line’ leads Michigan State hockey into big weekend vs. Michigan
Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News Published 12:02 PM EST Feb 6, 2019 Columbus, Ohio – Former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison, who spent 13 seasons in two stays on the Wolverines’ football staff, said the most difficult part of leaving for rival Ohio State was sharing the news with his players. Mattison, 69, said he could not pass up the opportunity to be a defensive coordinator again and was given that opportunity by new Ohio State coach Ryan Day. Mattison is co-coordinator with Jeff Hafley. He made his first public comments since his departure from Michigan last month during Ohio State’s signing day news conference Wednesday. After Day approached Mattison last month about the co-coordinator position, Mattison said he then spoke to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Mattison had been defensive coordinator at Michigan when Brady Hoke became head coach in 2011. Harbaugh kept Mattison on staff when he became head coach in 2015 but moved him to … [Read more...] about Greg Mattison: ‘Hardest thing’ about leaving Michigan was telling players
Matt Charboneau and James Hawkins The Detroit News Published 4:01 PM EST Jan 15, 2019 Michigan State beat writer Matt Charboneau and Michigan beat writer James Hawkins of The Detroit News offer their game-by-game predictions leading into the first meeting between the Spartans and Wolverines on Feb. 24 at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Michigan (Hawkins) ►Saturday at Wisconsin: Winning at the Kohl Center has never come easy for Michigan, but Jon Teske should be able to keep up with do-it-all big man Ethan Happ and give him a tough time. Win. ►Jan. 22 vs. Minnesota: The Wolverines have been unbeatable at Crisler Center this season and the Gophers haven’t won in Ann Arbor since 2011. Look for both streaks to continue. Win. ►Jan. 25 at Indiana: A combination of revenge, a raucous environment and a healthier Hoosiers team could prove to be a difficult mix for Michigan to overcome. Loss. ►Jan. 29 vs. Ohio State: The conference road hasn’t been too … [Read more...] about Prediction: Michigan State, Michigan will both be 15-1 in the Big Ten when they play for the first time on Feb. 24
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 7:03 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 Were it not for a full slate of games at Versailles High School on Saturday afternoon, there might have only been a handful of people left in the town of roughly 2,700 about 100 miles west of Columbus. Instead, there could have been an impressive caravan heading to Value City Arena to watch No. 14 Ohio State as it hosts No. 8 Michigan State at noon in an early Big Ten showdown. Even if the local games will keep some folks at home, there will still be a significant group headed to see some of the town’s most notable athletes — Kyle Ahrens, a junior guard at Michigan State, and his brother, Justin, a freshman guard at Ohio State. “It’s going to be something else,” Kyle said after Michigan State’s practice on Thursday. “In my hometown my aunt put a thing on Facebook for tickets like a few months ago to get a count. They sold like 500 tickets that she got. There’s a lot … [Read more...] about ‘Surreal moment’: Ahrenses take sibling rivalry to the court