Michigan Wolverines Football Playing for Postseason Birth this Weekend


What a year it has been for the Michigan Wolverines Football team! From the resignation of now former Athletic Director, Dave Brandon to the uncertainty of who will eventually take the place of current head coach, Brady Hoke — it seems that there has been more lows than highs.

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This weekend however could provide the Wolverines and U-M faithful’s with a bright spot.

When Maryland comes to Ann Arbor for Saturdays match up vs. Michigan the Wolverines can wrap up bowl eligibility, a great opportunity considering how poorly the season started.

"“One thing about this team, they have been unified. They have stayed together,” Hoke said. “They have probably listened to the stuff out there, and at the same time they’ve done a great job of shutting it off.”"

The Wolverines (5-3,3-3 Big Ten) have the chance to play for bowl eligibility because they have won three of their last four games this season. To start the year, Michigan lost four of their first six. If Michigan happens to lost to Maryland Saturday, they would then have to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes in the final game of the regular season to reach the six game minimum in the win column.

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A win against OSU will be a difficult task, so taking full advantage of the opportunity this weekend is crutial. The Wolverines did manage to get the “W” in some of their other winnable games, beating Penn State, Indiana, and Northwestern. Now, against the Terrapins (6-4, 3-3) on Saturday, U-M is once again the favorites.

Maryland has already lost to OSU, Wisconsin, and Michigan State, but still find themselves bowl eligible in their first season as members of the Big Ten conference.

The Terrapins are 4-1 on the road this season. Maryland hasn’t played Michigan since 1990. The only three meetings between the teams came between 1985 and 1990, with the Wolverines winning all three in Ann Arbor.

It will certainly be interesting to see if the Wolverines can carry on with their late-season momentum against their new division rivals. It will also be interesting to see if U-M can keep their attendance streak of 100,000 plus alive in their last home game of 2014. They have cut it close a few times this season.