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MnB B1G Preview 2014: Three key players for Michigan State football

MnB B1G Preview 2014: Three key players for Michigan State football

In the last installment of our key players series, we take a look at three key players for Michigan State this upcoming season. Finally, we have Michigan State. The conference champions, Rose Bowl Champions and if it weren't for one blemish on the schedule it might've been more. With the same coaching staff and philosophies returning, the Spartans are looking to prove to the nation that their 2013 season was no fluke. With head coach Mark Dantonio and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi at the helm, success will surely continue to happen. However, to prove the doubters wrong and continue on...
Maize n Brew 1 hour ago

2014 B1G championship odds released, Michigan at 9/1 to win conference

Bovada released their list of B1G championship odds on Tuesday. Ohio State are the favorites at 10/11 while Purdue is an NCAA-worst 300/1 odds. Bovada released their odds of Big Ten Conference championship winners as well as divisional odds on Tuesday. Included below, the odds were very kind to Ohio State. Giving them 10/11 odds to win the conference and 2/5 odds to win the East Division. However, the odds were not so kind to the Boilermakers. Currently listed at 300/1 odds to win the conference, the Boilermakers have been given the worst odds out of any school in a major...
Maize n Brew 2 hours ago

New Blue, Brian Cole

Michigan grabs the top recruit in the state. MI ATH Brian Cole became the ninth commitment in the Michigan class on Saturday, when he announced his intention to commit to the Maize and Blue before the BBQ at the Big House even began. If his commitment holds up, it will be the second time in the Hoke tenure that the top 247sports prospect in-state has chosen to play for the Wolverines. At the very least, we won't have to deal with that muffled backhand from Dantonio on NSD. Although (in my opinion) this has been a bit of a down year for talent in the state of Michigan, Cole's place atop that...
Maize n Brew 5 hours ago

Michigan Hockey: The Full 2014-2015 Schedule

Football is thirty days away, but don't forget that hockey is just around the corner, too. The season starts on October 4th. The Big Ten schedule was announced back in May, and now we have finally seen the full 2014-2015 hockey schedule for our Michigan Wolverines. I won't go over all of the Big Ten games again here; I'll just let that little Must Reads window down there do the talking. Hey, I wrote that piece, too! Pretty convenient, eh? So, what does the non-conference portion look like for the Wolverines? Well, it looks like this, silly... Date Opponent/2013-14...
Maize n Brew 6 hours ago

Tuesday Morning Brews (7/29/14)

We continue previewing the Big 12 (TCU, Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech), and Hitting the Links hits up the West Coast and the SEC. The Stewards of the Big 12, II The Big Ten and Big 12 don't have an automatic bowl against each other. Moreover, Michigan has not recruited the heartland or Texas like some other B1G programs - namely Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Northwestern. Still, it's valuable to keep an eye out on other conferences and teams, and we'll continue running through the Big 12, which has won 4 Heisman Trophies since 2000 (tied for the most). Texas Christian University TCU ranked 104th...
Maize n Brew 7 hours ago

32 Days to Michigan Football

Approaching the start to the 2014 season. Soph. Blake Bars, OL Number: 62 Hometown: Nashville, TN (Montgomery Bell Academy) Height/Weight: 6' 5 / 294 lbs. Things to Know About Blake With an additional year of camps and practices, Blake can work his way to competing for the starting center job. He comes from a football family, with his father a former Notre Dame letter man and a brother enrolled at Penn State. There's also another brother still in high school, and he's in football as well. Depending on how Michigan's offensive needs shift, though, Bars is being coached at left tackle,...
Maize n Brew Jul 28, 2014
Video: Michigan's Brady Hoke Discusses Wolverines at 2014 Big Ten Media Day in Chicago

Video: Michigan's Brady Hoke Discusses Wolverines at 2014 Big Ten Media Day in Chicago

Hoke believes that "the foundation has been laid," and expects improvement in 2014. Staying healthy and competitive is the name of the game, he says, but they're not the only things that concern him. Brady Hoke didn't mince words Tuesday when addressing reporters at the Big Ten Media Day festivities in Chicago. "You can't win all of your games unless you win your first game," said Hoke, who opens the season against Appalachian State on Aug. 30. Thanks to the guys at 247Sports, we have video of Hoke at the podium. Enjoy. Peppers in  the Nickel TheWolverine's Michael Spath asked about...
Maize n Brew Jul 28, 2014

MnB B1G Preview: Michigan State's schedule...a run to the playoff?

Michigan State is the defending Big Ten Champion. Their defense may take a step back, but the offense returns almost everyone. It should be a good year for the Spartans and their fans. The Spartans started out slow, gained some momentum, and then won played in their first Rose Bowl since the 1980s. This year's team will be on an easier road. Will they take advantage? Who They Play Date Opponent Prediction 8/29 Jacksonville State W 9/6 at Oregon L 9/20 Eastern Michigan W 9/27 Wyoming W 10/4 Nebraska W 10/11 at Purdue W 10/18 at Indiana W 10/25 Michigan Toss-up 11/8 Ohio...
Maize n Brew Jul 28, 2014
Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Recapping a Huge, BBQ-filled Weekend in Ann Arbor

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Recapping a Huge, BBQ-filled Weekend in Ann Arbor

The MRR updates you on the latest with Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, the Wolverines get a huge commitment in Brian Cole, a 2016 top 100 wide receiver will decide this week, and two other 2016'ers are offered during the BBQ. Brian Cole Commits to Michigan On a weekend that was jam-packed with recruiting news and notes, the biggest shocker of all was not even BBQ related, and it came in the form of a huge 2015 commitment. The Michigan Wolverines received a verbal pledge on Saturday from four-star athlete Brian Cole (Saginaw, MI) following a two-day visit to Ann Arbor. Cole...
Maize n Brew Jul 28, 2014

33 Days to Michigan Football

Approaching the 2014 season with great haste. Soph. Ben Pliska, OL Number: 63 Hometown: Kirkland, Washington (Lake Washington High) Height/Weight: 6' 3 / 280 lbs. Things to Know About Ben Ben hasn't been on the field for the Wolverines yet, but he is one smart man. He studies mechanical engineering in UM's College of Engineering, and wants to design sports equipment after college. He was once a lifeguard in high school, and wears the same pair of socks for every football game. His secret talent is being very good at the piano, and, of course, plays Madden.
Maize n Brew Jul 27, 2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Wolverines Split with In-State 4-Stars Brian Cole, Daelin Hayes

Despite losing out on Daelin Hayes, Brady Hoke continues to get the job done in The Great Lakes State--which is evident by landing Brian Cole. Both would have been ideal, but one isn't bad. Over the weekend, Michigan went 1-for-2 with a pair of The Great Lakes State's best: Brian Cole of Saginaw Heritage made the correct choice (in the eyes of Wolverines fans), while Daelin Hayes of Orchard Lake St. Mary's did not. Long considered a Michigan-lean, Hayes surprisingly chose USC instead of going blue with Cole--a player who I thought was bound for East Lansing. So to recap, I went 0-for-2;...
Maize n Brew Jul 27, 2014

34 Days to Michigan Football

Nearly time for the 2014 season. Soph. Matt Godin, DT Number: 99 Hometown: Novi, MI (Catholic Central High) Height/Weight: 6' 6 / 286 lbs. Three Things to Know About Matt 1. Godin will likely slide into a starting role on the defensive line this season, because Mark Heitzman moved over to offensive tackle, leaving an opening at DT. The greatest thing one likes to hear a football player say is, "I'll be honest with you, I just like to hit people," as Godin said during his recruitment. 2. He was not heavily-recruited, but drew interest from Michigan State at least. Yet he grew up a fan of...
Maize n Brew Jul 26, 2014
Michigan Football: John U. Bacon Discusses the Wolverines, AD Dave Brandon

Michigan Football: John U. Bacon Discusses the Wolverines, AD Dave Brandon

The Michigan athletic historian, educator and author doesn't want to see the foundation of Wolverines football be forgotten. John U. Bacon loves Michigan football for what it is and what it isn't. The same can be said for a lot of people, I suppose. Over the years, Wolverines fans have grown accustomed to--and have expected to see--tough-as-nails, old-school teams that compete for Big Ten titles. Other than that, they're not asking for much. They're certainly not crying about the lack of fireworks, at least in the literal sense. They're not asking for new seating policies or in-stadium ads,...
Maize n Brew Jul 26, 2014
2015 Four-star ATH Brian Cole commits to Michigan

2015 Four-star ATH Brian Cole commits to Michigan

The state of Michigan's number one prospect, Brian Cole, announced that he has committed to Michigan Saturday The BBQ at the Big House works its magic again. 2015 consensus four-star ATH, and the number one prospect in the state of Michigan, Brian Cole announced on Twitter that he has officially committed to the University of Michigan. Proud to say im a Michigan Wolverine! 〽️ pic.twitter.com/TLMcQMPR7Q — B.Cole...✊ (@Young__Kid__) July 26, 2014 Cole has been spending the weekend in Ann Arbor due to the coaching staffs yearly BBQ recruiting event. Since Friday, Michigan's QB...
Maize n Brew Jul 26, 2014

35 Days to Michigan Football

35 Days until Team 135 takes the field. Soph. Brian Cleary, QB Number: 6 Hometown: Gross Pointe, MI (Detroit Jesuit High) Height/Weight: 6' 3 / 212 lbs. Things to Know About Brian Cleary is a 2012 walk-on recruit, and was at one point in the mix for the backup quarterback job until Shane Morris Fever arrived to campus. Cleary was also recruited by Central Michigan and Michigan State, so there's one recruit that wasn't tempted by the dark side.
Maize n Brew Jul 25, 2014
Michigan Football: Paying Tribute to the Ohio State Buckeyes Band, Finding Meaning in its Songs

Michigan Football: Paying Tribute to the Ohio State Buckeyes Band, Finding Meaning in its Songs

Let's try to forget all of the nonsense--the fired band director and hazing--and focus on the meaning of Ohio State's anti-Michigan songs. They're rooted in deep-seated emotions. First of all, I want to start by saying that I don't condone hazing of any sort, nor do I recommend that people in positions of power turn a blind eye while their understudies do things that embarrass the institution. But I do find it perfectly acceptable to poke a little fun at the recent transgressions of the Ohio State band--all in somewhat good taste, of course. When the over-the-top, sexually-related hazing...
Maize n Brew Jul 25, 2014

MnB B1G Preview: Know Your Foe - The Ohio State Version

And so it has come to this. It's no easy task to willingly and calmly discuss one's most-despised rival. Nothing I say here could be classified as new or long-lost information. Ohio State has been -- and always will be -- Michigan's most-storied rival. Let us know them thusly: And now for something completely different. Columbus does two things well: food and football. However, that doesn't excuse it from being The Den of Cheaters (as it was briefly known to all who searched for The Horeshoe on Google Maps once). I have never visited Columbus, but I know members of our MnB community have....
Maize n Brew Jul 25, 2014

Michigan Depth Chart Projection Series: Offensive Line

In our depth chart projection series, we break down each positional group to see who gets the starting nod and who will provide depth throughout the season. In this edition, the offensive line is broken down. The offensive line will be the last offensive group to be broken down, not because it's the largest, because the group obviously had the biggest problems last season. Yes, it's a broken record, but it's an obvious area of concern. The offensive success hinges on a young offensive line in 2014, can it handle the pressure? The Players (Listed in Order by Class) Freshman Mason...
Maize n Brew Jul 25, 2014

Inside the Playbook: OSU's Two-Back Offense

In this post, we take a look at Ohio State's two-back offense, and how it threatens defenses in multiple ways. In 2013, Ohio State had one of the best run offenses in the nation. Part of their success came from two-back sets, or more accurately, by motioning a slot receiver - their Percy Harvin role - into the backfield. Losing, in my opinion, the best college RB in football last year, but returning the dynamic Braxton Miller and all their Harvinites, two back sets will likely become more prominent in this year's offensive iteration. In this piece, we will look at why these sets are so...
Maize n Brew Jul 25, 2014
Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Tyriq Thompson Deciding Soon

Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Tyriq Thompson Deciding Soon

The FRR updates you on the latest with Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, Tyriq Thompson will BBQ at Michigan and will make a college decision soon, one of 2015's top athletes a trio of 2016 running backs are offered, and recapping a special "recruiting" visit. Tyriq Thompson Reportedly Deciding Soon, Will Be at BBQ Linebacker recruiting for the class of 2015 should begin to pick up soon, as many of Michigan's top players on the board are looking to make college decisions soon. They are looking for one-to-two other guys to pair with four-star commit Darrin Kirkland Jr....

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