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Stuff You Must Read Right Now

Finding Other Ways to Win - QBs struggle in the rain. Defense gets the job done. Remember this from three years ago? Illinois had to spark something. Let's keep riding it. A bit of a concern is the lack of protection - Kerrigan had four sacks and wreaked havoc in the backfield. Hope that's a fluke.

Finally, Defense! - A week after giving up 65 points, Michigan's defense doesn't allow a touchdown. Too bad the offense did. At times, this looked like a real Big Ten game.

MVP Metrics - In The Bleachers looks at which players have the highest positive impact on games for their teams across the nation. A good read for those Heisman prognosticators out there. Spoiler: Denard's still in the top ten.

More after the jump.

Michigan Football

Schadenfreude and Sore Losers - A new Purdue blog, referenced earlier by Zach, is taking the loss real well. Think they're over the Roundtree saga? Think again.

MGoBoard Fun - Communist Football's diary has plenty of fun with Michigan records. Via our neighbors at MGoBlog.

More Special Teams Nightmares - Kickers are now 4/12 on the season. But Will had a good day. Denard's punt was downright sad though.

Confusion - Lynn Henning can't figure out these Wolverines, and neither can any of us. Heck of a fun team to root for though.

Big Ten Football

Hoping For the Law of Averages - Wisconsin drops 83 in a football game. So they should score roughly -28 points or so next week to come back down to earth, right? I'm downright scared.

Predicting Big Ten Bowls - In a regular SHH feature, Off Tackle Empire picks the Big Ten bowl representatives. Insight Bowl for the Wolverines means an 0-2 finish the rest of the year, but Michigan has the guts and offense to squeak out a win or two...

Cats Lose Persa, Beat Iowa Anyway - Northwestern's schizophrenic season continues with a big upset over the thirteenth-ranked Hawkeyes. The Big Ten race keeps getting weirder.

Big Ten Capsules - A look around the Big Ten, in what was a (somewhat) hilarious weekend if your team isn't from Indiana. From OTE:

Michigan's defense didn't give up a touchdown. That's like making a porn movie without sex scenes--it just doesn't happen.

College Football

Hatin' - College Football Cafeteria looks at the worsts of a wacky weekend.

Oregon Squeaks By - In a week of almost-upsets, Oregon barely gets by Cal. The Pac-10 just seems so weak this year.

EDSBS on Closure - Every once in a while, college football gets poetic. This time, EDSBS writes a pretty good piece on closure from a fan perspective:

Closure is a lie and will always be. You can move on, but the past never really dies, and instead shimmers in and out of phase. It is quantum: sometimes it is here, and sometimes it isn't, and when it decides to appear or not is a matter of considerable chance.

Michigan Basketball

Hardaway Leads Michigan - Tim Hardaway Jr. looked good in Michigan's season-opening win against a hapless South Carolina Upstate. It's worth noting that the football team outscored them by a point last weekend.

Michigan Hockey

Get Ready for the Chill in Style - Looks like M's jerz for the Big Chill is going to be pretty sweet. Can't wait for that game. Heavy recruiting implications in hockey and football as well.

Michigan Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Wins Big Ten Tourney - Congrats to the Men's Soccer team for winning their first-ever BTT!

Incredibly Important YouTube Clip of the Moment:

Roundtree and Shaw go Donald Duck and Batman for us. Thanks, mgovideo.