Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) lays on the field injured in the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan Vs. Alabama: Wolverines Lose Season Opener In Cowboys Classic

The 2012 Cowboys Classic between Michigan and Alabama was one-sided for the most part Saturday night. Michigan lost, 41-14.

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Alabama Vs. Michigan 2012 Final Score: Michigan Loses Season Opener, 41-14

The Wolverines were blown out in their season opener against defending BCS champion Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night by a final score of 41-14.

Alabama jumped on Michigan early with a 21-0 advantage after the first quarter. It didn't get much better for the Wolverines from there. However, Denard Robinson rushed for a six-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and Michigan saw the end zone one more time in the third quarter when Robinson connected with Devin Gardner for a 44-yard touchdown pass play.

Michigan and Alabama were about even in the passing game, but it was on the ground where the Tide dominated. Alabama recorded 231 yards compared to Michigan's feeble 68 yards rushing.

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Michigan Vs. Alabama: Wolverines Down At Halftime, 31-7

The Wolverines finally got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter on a short touchdown run by quarterback Denard Robinson. Up until then, Alabama was punishing Michigan in this season-opening matchup at Cowboys Stadium. The score at halftime is 31-7, with that Robinson score breaking Bama's 31-0 run.

Michigan found itself in a hole early when the Crimson Tide took a 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Things slowed down a bit in the second, but Bama won that period as well, outscoring Michigan, 10-7.

It was encouraging for Michigan fans to see Robinson get in the end zone, particularly because he hasn't seemed particularly active in this game, which could be attributed to the blistering Bama defense. Also, Robinson seems fine after banging up his shoulder in the first quarter trying to tackle a Bama defensive back who picked him off.

Robinson did, however, throw a pick 6 before halftime.

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Fitzgerald Toussaint, Frank Clark Will Not Travel, Play Vs. Alabama

Michigan announced Friday that running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark will not travel to Dallas nor play against Alabama on Saturday night.

Toussaint was suspended after being arrested for drunken driving, and he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Tuesday. Clark was suspended for his involvement in an alleged laptop theft. Both are expected to be available for Week 2.

Toussaint led Michigan running backs and was second on the team with 1,041 yards on the ground last year.

Head coach Brady Hoke said in a release that the decision was made in the best interest of the program and the players themselves, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"The decision was not easy, but I feel it is in the best interest of this program and for these kids, and those always will be my priorities. We have choices every day, and you have to be accountable to this program, your teammates, your family and the University of Michigan. […]

"They are good young men who made poor choices, and we will continue to support them as members of our team and family."

Michigan takes on Alabama at 8 p.m. Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

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Michigan Vs. Alabama Odds: Crimson Tide Heavily Favored

After opening as an 11-point underdog, the No. 8-ranked Michigan Wolverines are now 14-point dogs against the No. 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, the line tracker at OddShark.com showed on Wednesday. The Wolverines play the defending national champions on Saturday night (8 p.m. ET on ABC) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Michigan will enter the neutral-field game with a Heisman Trophy favorite, quarterback Denard Robinson, behind center, but it could be without its starting tailback, Fitzgerald Toussaint, who has been listed as a starter but has not been cleared yet to play by head coach Brady Hoke.

Meanwhile, Alabama enters the season with 11 returning starters from last year's national championship squad, and the Tide are one of the favorites to win the national championship again this season.

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Michigan Vs. Alabama: Fitzgerald Toussaint Listed As Starter, But Not Cleared Yet

Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been listed as the starter for the season opener against Alabama despite being arrested, and subsequently suspended, for drunk driving in July. Head coach Brady Hoke maintains that he has not yet been cleared to play, according to MLive Michigan football beat writer Kyle Meinke.

Defensive end Frank Clark, who was also suspended this offseason stemming from his involvement in a dorm room laptop theft, is also listed on the depth chart, but he too has not been cleared to play, according to the official University of Michigan football Twitter account.

News of Toussaint's and Clark's possible availability comes somewhat as a surprise given the declaration by Hoke that both players had been suspended indefinitely. If indeed both players are active, the Michigan Wolverines would add two much needed weapons as they attempt to defeat the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 1.

Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards last season, second on the team behind quarterback Denard Robinson, along with nine touchdowns.

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2012 Cowboys Classic Start Time Announced

Two more start times have been announced for the Michigan Wolverines' 2012 football schedule. It is now official that Michigan's game against Alabama on Sept. 1 in the 2012 Cowboys Classic will kick off at 8 p.m. ET. It's also official that Michigan's game at Ohio State on Nov. 24 will kick off at noon ET on ABC.

Start times have now been announced for six of Michigan's games in 2012. Interestingly, three of the start times are in primetime. In addition to playing Alabama at 8 p.m. ET, Michigan will take on Notre Dame on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET and Nebraska on Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. Both games are on the road.

The other three start times that have already been announced are as follows: at Purdue on Oct. 6 (4 p.m. ET), vs. Illinois on Oct. 13 (3:30 p.m. ET) and at Ohio State on Nov. 24 (12 p.m. ET).

The start times for Michigan's other six games will be announced at a later date. If no more announcements are made during the summer, then start times will be announced six or 12 days before the games.

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It's Official: Michigan To Play Alabama In 2012 At Cowboys Stadium

After months of rumors and speculation, the Michigan-Alabama game in Dallas to open the 2012 season has officially been announced. Here is an excerpt from the press release sent out by Michigan:

The University of Michigan football team will face the University Alabama in the 2012 College Football Kick-off Event at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 1, 2012. The game will be televised nationally in prime time.

"This is a great way to kick off the 2012 season with two of the nation's winningest college football programs," said U-M director of athletics Dave Brandon. "We are excited about playing a regular-season game in the state of Texas, a region of the country where we have traditionally recruited. Our goal is to get as many Michigan fans to the game as possible to witness this match-up of traditional powers."

The Wolverines will be the away team with the Crimson Tide designated the home team. The game officials will be a crew from the Big 12 Conference. This will be the fourth time in school history that Michigan faces Alabama, and it will be the first contest played during the regular season by the two programs.

The previous three matchups between Michigan and Alabama all occurred in bowl games, with Michigan winning the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl and the 2000 Orange Bowl. Alabama beat the Wolverines in the 1997 Outback Bowl.

Michigan's 2012 schedule is now two games away from being complete. The Wolverines have three open dates (Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 29) for two non-conference matchups at home. Florida Atlantic was rumored as a possible opponent in 2012, but so far nothing official has come of that.

With a neutral-site game thrown into the mix, Michigan will actually only end up having a total of six home games during the 2012 season. Michigan hasn't had fewer than seven home games since 2004, when there were only 11 total games on the regular season schedule. Under Bill Martin, the attitude was to get as many home games as possible, but Dave Brandon is obviously willing to pass up a home game in order to be on a national stage down in Dallas against Alabama. Personally, I would have rather just done a home and home with 'Bama, but there's no doubt kicking off the 2012 season down in Dallas will be very cool.

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