One of the nation’s longest-running rivalries hasn’t been a real rivalry for quite a while.
A small plane crashed into a field in southeastern Minnesota on Friday, killing three people from Metro Detroit and critically injuring a fourth.
Tuesday, Michigan did the opposite, and players strained to hear quarterback Devin Gardner whisper in the huddle.
Devin Gardner has turned the ball over seven times in two games, making Michigan vulnerable to being upset.
This is one of those rare weeks when even Michigan fans might hope for an Ohio State victory.
Their teams will look for each superstar to take some pressure off their much-maligned quarterbacks as Minnesota visits Detroit in Sunday’s season opener.
In the metro Detroit area, those locations include Plymouth, Troy, and West Bloomfield.
A third quarter collapse cost Detroit as the Pistons fall to the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-82 on Tuesday night.
Tubby Smith was hailed as a rescuer when he came to Minnesota from Kentucky in 2007, a championship-certified coach who would restore a once-proud program to respectability after it was brought down by scandal.
Damien Brunner and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit, which has lost three straight for the first time since March 10-21 of last season.