Friday, October 07, 2005

Minnesota at Michigan This Weekend

   Minnesota makes the trip to Ann Arbor this year for the Homecoming game, as well as the battle for the Little Brown Jug.

   I will be away this weekend, and thus unable to watch the game. But, look for sophomore running back Mike Hart to have another big week after ringing up 218 running yards on Michigan State last week.

   Wojo's take on the match-up sums it up:

[. . .]But it's time to move on because the Wolverines have a major test (not really) this Saturday. It's the annual exercise against Minnesota, in which the Gophers always look like they might win for the first time since 1986, but then, in an amazing twist, don't.

Not to stereotype, but Minnesota generally comes in with a good running back, a record (4-1) bloated by nonconference, high-carb snack treats and the psyche of a team that knows if it manages to build a 49-7 fourth-quarter lead, it will lose 50-49.

Still, this can be a difficult week for the Wolverines, who always spend most of their time trying to remember where they put the revered Little Brown Jug. Contrary to reports published in this column a few years ago, the trophy has never been used as a bathroom spittoon or a pencil-holder. I cannot confirm or deny that it has been used as a flower pot (geraniums, mostly).

As football goes, not a bad weekend to get away from the television.

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