The Wolverine

March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Head coach John Beilein said that while fans enjoy checking the national polls, he wanted his team to not focus on the rankings, but rather on making improvements every day. photo by lon horwedel the Gauntlet U-M Goes From No. 1 To Numb In Tough Stretch M By John Borton ichigan���s Crisler Center rededication game against Penn State Feb.�� 17 was supposed to come as a sigh of relief, a smiles-filled exhale rout after an incredibly tough stretch of games. Nobody laughed when the Nittany Lions ��� 0-13 in the Big Ten ��� led by eight in the first half, or played U���M to a 32-all standoff at intermission. The former Wolverine greats in attendance, including Glen Rice, might have been tempted to suit up to help the cause. But in some ways, the struggle seemed fitting. Nothing came easily in the latter part of Michigan���s Big Ten gauntlet, featuring road trips to Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan State in a three-week span. Michigan (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten) didn���t play themselves out of the confer-

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