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Jamie Sabau

Best Quotes by Michigan Men

#1. Those Who Stay Will Be Champions

When Bo took over a moribund Michigan program, he drove the players so hard they quit in droves. This message reminded the players he still had what was waiting for them.

#2. The Team, The Team, The Team

Once again, the recipe is written in the annals of Michigan's history on how to get to the top. It's a phrase Jim Harbaugh has used in San Francisco, but nothing beats the original. Chilling and inspirational.

#3. "My heart is so full at this moment, I fear I could say little else. But do let me reiterate the Spirit of Michigan. It is based on a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways. An enthusiasm that makes it second nature for Michigan Men to spread the gospel of their university to the world's distant outposts. And a conviction that nowhere, is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours."

At his retirement banquet, Fielding Yost spoke these words about a university he served for four decades, first as a coach and later athletic director. It was under his leadership that Michigan Stadium was constructed.

#4. "When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing..."

Bo was the best at inspiring people, and this is something that was passed on to Lloyd Carr and eventually Hoke.

#5. To hell with Notre Dame!

In his later years, Bo reportedly said he wouldn't want to schedule the Irish "if they got down on their hands and knees and begged... To hell with Notre Dame." Many have said something similar, but he was the first to express it so eloquently.

#6. "There was a tendency to use different colored helmets just for receivers in those days, but I always thought that would be as helpful for the defense as for the offense."

Fritz Crisler explains his inspiration for the winged helmets that have become an iconic part of the college game.

#7. This is Michigan, fergodsakes!

Credit Brady Hoke with this, because for all his other failures, this quote will be around for a century.

#8. "A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don't ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren't blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart."

Tom Brady personifies these words, and he may be one of the three greatest quarterbacks to play the game.

#9. "Enjoy your struggle."

This again comes from Fielding Yost. The decadence that Michigan seemed to get immersed in and the search for a modernized pro-style all seem to forget that in some ways, football hasn't changed one iota.

#10. "F*** Ohio State."

Because, f*** Ohio State.

Honorary inclusion: "No, g****** it! We do NOT pull in and fill up. And I'll tell you exactly why we don't. It's because I don't buy one g****** drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We'll coast and PUSH this g****** car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!"

That was Woody Hayes.

Hitting the Links Is Not Growing, Not Changing

Silver Bullets Are Patrolling

The Buckeyes defense is athletic as all heck and it's tough to highlight any one over the others. I don't want to face defensive backs Eli Apple, Tyvis Powell or Vonn Bell. Good luck scheming against Joshua Perry or Raekwon McMillan. And have fun with Joey Bosa and Michael Bennett. This team is a nightmare, and that's the worst case scenario for Michigan, more than the offense. But don't worry - they're also 8th in scoring. Yeah, good luck with that.

Advice for Brady Hoke

Magnus offers some pointers. Hoke, by the way, is likely going to end the year 1-3 to Michigan State and 1-3 to OSU.

Denard Robinson Is Slowly Breaking Out

Very glad for him, and a great fake-out on his 41-yard run. He is fast.

Breaking Down the Path to Being SEC West Champions

The race here is far from decided, with games November 1st between Auburn-Ole Miss, November 8th between LSU-Alabama, November 15th between Alabama-Mississippi State, and November 29th with the Iron Bowl and Egg Bowl.

Big Picture: LSU, Top Ten, Heisman Leaders

In LSU's 10-7 win against Ole Miss, it was Leonard Fournette leading the way with 211 yards. Meanwhile, with another 2 picks by Ole Miss' secondary, the Rebels maintained their average of more than two interceptions a game.

Louisville is #2 in that category at a shade under 2.0, which complements their national-leading rushing defense and the #1 overall defense. Against a Clemson offense ranked 50th in total offense, they surrendered 17 points and 229 yards two weeks ago. Florida State, with the #44 offense, comes to town this Saturday, while another game with Notre Dame awaits.

Georgia's Turnaround Led By Defense

LSU isn't the only team growing by leaps and bounds. Georgia's defense has settled in, and three different Georgia linebackers are in the top 20 in the SEC in sacks.

The Rise of the Deep Threat Slot

Football Study Hall looks at some of the offensive innovation that is happening in places other than Ann Arbor.

Elu Aydon Commits to UW

UW's most recent commits have come from (in reverse order): Samoa, California, Florida, California, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, California, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Texas, Texas. It's been almost six months since they took a commitment from in state.

Dan Vitale Bringing Toughness to Northwestern's Attack

NU's two leading receivers have been Vitale, 6'2", 235, and Kyle Prater, 6'5", 225.

SI's Heisman Leaders

A very nice feature of this is going in some depth and also looking ahead to the Heisman contenders' next games.


Stat of the week: Of the 37 FBS players averaging 80 receiving yards a game, only three of them are in the Big Ten.