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Michigan Vs. Minnesota: Big Ten Play Begins

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On Saturday, for the first time since 2008, Michigan and Minnesota will renew their rivalry and play for the Little Brown Jug. Quite a bit has changed since the 2008 game, which Michigan won by a score of 29-6. Rich Rodriguez and Tim Brewster are no longer the head coaches. The quarterbacks are no longer Nick Sheridan and Adam Weber. Michigan no longer has a reliable kicker. (K.C. Lopata went 5-for-5 on field goals in the 2008 game) And perhaps most notably, Minnesota, not Michigan, is the team with the losing record.

Minnesota comes into this year's game dealing with quite a bit of adversity. Head coach Jerry Kill's status for Saturday is in question after he was admitted to the Mayo Clinic because of seizures, and on the field the team has not performed well, losing games to USC, New Mexico State and North Dakota State (an FCS school). Minnesota's only win this season came against Miami (Ohio).

Michigan is looking to remain undefeated following a perfect September. The Wolverines won games against Western Michigan, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan and San Diego State, and now they will look to keep their success going into the Big Ten portion of the schedule.

Michigan (4-0) vs. Minnesota (1-3)
  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV: BTN
  • Radio: Michigan Sports Network
  • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Stadium: Michigan Stadium