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Don Brown had the defense running around like mad men this past Saturday

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Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. We have a mixed bag of football and non-rev. content this morning. Without further ado...

Let’s get to it:

Women’s soccer tops Wisconsin, but falls to Minnesota in double OT. Women’s soccer had a mixed weekend, beating No. 17 Wisconsin before losing to Minnesota. On Thursday, the Wolverines notched their first win over a ranked opponent this season by topping Wisconsin 2-0. But Michigan couldn’t keep that momentum going, as the game against Minnesota dragged into double overtime before either team scored—and, alas, it was the wrong team. At 6-5 (2-2), the team has already won as many games as last year. They’ll look to improve on that mark this Friday against Northwestern.

Volleyball bounces back after first loss. All good things come to an end, and—regrettably—that includes winning streaks. Volleyball saw their 11-game win streak come to an end this past Friday at the hands of No. 3 Nebraska. Though, as most good teams do, the Wolverines bounced right back with a 3-1 victory over Iowa on Sunday. The Team is now 12-1 (1-1) on the season. They’ll be back in action on Friday against Rutgers.

Men’s soccer ties PSU in double OT. Men’s soccer is still unbeaten in their past five games, it’s just not a win streak—not anymore. The Wolverines tied Penn State, 1-1, this past Friday. Penn State opened the scoring in the third minute, before Michigan equalized in the 70th minute. After the tie, the Wolverines are 5-1-1 (1-0-1) on the season. They’ll be back in action against Ohio State this evening.

Football starting to look like a Harbaugh team. Or that’s what Nick Baumgardner over at the Free Press thinks. Baumgardner defines a Harbaugh team as one that works hard and doesn’t make mistakes. The head man himself sees that in the current team, saying recently, “Hard work is paying off for this team. They don’t complain about it. They actually get it, they ramp it up every day. We don’t need motivational swings or talks or some of the things some teams need. We just work. And it looks like they enjoy that part of it. And they’re playing better (as a result).” For the full take, check out the link above.

Another week, another ejection for Khaleke Hudson. Arguably, the first ejection wasn’t deserved; that was a football play that can only be avoided by Hudson not trying to tackle the ball carrier, and that’s not what the targeting rule should be doing. The second ejection, that was deserved—even Harbaugh thinks so. Harbaugh said on Monday, “It’s pretty simple. Hitting the quarterback, you can’t lead with your head. You can’t hit him in the head or neck area, and you can’t hit him below the knee.” Fortunately Jordan Glasgow had a strong day filling in for Hudson. He’ll be back on the field for the first half against Northwestern.

We’ll have a full installment of Betting the Big Ten later this week, but I wanted to flag Saturday’s line for Michigan vs Northwestern a little early. Apparently the line opened at -9, before moving to -12.5. As of my writing this (Monday evening), the line had moved further still to -14. My take? That’s still a steal. Northwestern is No. 60 in the S&P+ with an offense ranked No. 96 and a defense ranked No. 26. Add in that Northwestern’s leading rusher just medically retired, and it’s going to be hard for the Wildcats to generate points against Michigan.