Pat Fitzgerald Rage Threat: High: Yes, Michigan won last year's game in true freak fashion, yielding this:
Sippin' on Purple descended into a type of madness after last year's game, but Rodger Sherman composed himself long enough to offer thoughts on 2013, and theorizes that Roy Roundtree is some kind of Antichrist.
Looking Ahead to Northwestern's Quest for A Better Bowl Than Michigan State. The Wildcats lucked out with a decent home schedule and a challenging road slate mid-year.
The 2012 game is the latest classic among Michigan-Northwestern games, but a few others fit the bill. A few in the mid 1990's are still painful to recount, and the 2000 game that was talked about for weeks is probably the most memorable for how bizarre and soul-crushing it was.
Maize and Blue Notes:
Taylor Lewan is on the Outland Trophy and Maxwell Trophy Watch Lists, and he'll of course win because he's the tallest man on the field and inspires fear in the other preseason favorites. Brendan Gibbons is on the Lou Groza Award Watch List, which awards the nation's best beard, I mean kicker. Devin Funchess made the John Mackey preseason list, and if he wins I suggest renaming it the Funcheez Award for Excellence. Lastly, Michigan has a conference schedule for 2016-2017, they're not the worst but home games taken up by either Maryland or Rutgers is going to take some getting used to.