Thursday, August 8, 2013

Top 25 countdown rolls into Ann Arbor, Wegher to Morningside, UND football notes

*Greetings football fans..our top 25 countdown rolls on as we get to the 19th ranked in Michigan
*Coming off a very disappointing fall where the Wolverines went just 85 in Brady Hoke's second year, Devin Gardner and the bunch is looking to have a breakout season. They get the Irish at home in the second game of the season and since I'm not high on the Irish, I have Michigan winning this game. The blue should be undefeated heading into November when the Wolverines open up the month at rival Michigan State. Sparty will have revenge on their minds after a THRILLING up and down win for Michigan last year(12-10) in the Big House. In their last five games of the season, I see Hoke going 3 and 2. The question is, will they end up in the Big Ten Championship game? If so, they could face Ohio State in back to back weeks...wouldn't that be fun for both the fan bases.
*If they want to get there, they need to improve on their turnover ratio where they were minus nine last year. That falls on the junior Gardner, a season in which the expectation for him goes way up. The running game will be solid behind a veteran offensive line. The biggest question is, can they adjust to Hoke's new style, the pro-style offense. This is where it gets tricky because Gardner can run like the wind and you don't want to bottle that up. Gardner, like Denard Robinson, can expand the defense and is the key to make the offense go.
*You also want to keep Gardner healthy as we saw the wheel fall off last season when he went down with injury. The battle for the legends division is in the air with three maybe four teams reaching for it(Mich, MSU, Neb, and Northwestern)
*Regular season record: 9-3
*So former Bishop Heelan star and Iowa Hawkeye Brandon Wegher is back in the news..this time it's for getting back on the football field. Wegher is set to play for Morningside College(NAIA) in Sioux City. Since leaving Iowa, Wegher has been in the news several times, none in which were positive. Not a knock against the NAIA, but Wegher giving 50 percent would break NAIA rushing records. I wish him the best.
*UND football stories

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