The Michigan Wolverines battle the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the little brown jug on Saturday. Michigan (4-0) opens the Big Ten season at home heavil favored against the Golden Gophers. It is an interesting game considering Michigan’s near misses during non-conference play.
The coaching staff had an extra week to prepare for the “Battle for the Little Brown Jug”. Michigan Head coach Brady Hoke told the 97.1 FM morning show that the bye week “came at a good time” for the program. He said the staff used the time to study tape and make adjustments.
Michigan had some trouble on defense against UConn and Akron and will need to make adjustments to avoid a similar scare against the Gophers. If the Wolverines can muster any defense they should have no problem getting past the Gophers. The Gophers are offensively challenged. Their trio of running backs in Donnell Kirkwood, Rodney Williams Jr. and David Cobb were effective against Minnesota’s non-conference schedule but could have trouble against a Big Ten opponent. It will be especially difficult for Minnesota to rush against the Wolverines considering their inept passing attack.
For Michigan the key will be avoiding turnovers. QB Devin Gardner has put his defense in a bad positions early this season by trying to force passes and throwing interceptions. Look for a calmer Gardner this weekend as the coaching staff has used the bye week to correct mistakes and hopefully right the ship.
When: Saturday October 5th
Where: Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor
Start Time: 3:30 pm
TV: ABC, ESPN2
Radio: 950 WWJ (Detroit)