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Devin Gardner ready to tackle pressure of leading Michigan offense

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner runs the ball around Appalachian State linebacker Eric Boggs in the third quarter Saturday. David Guralnick / Detroit News

This Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry game was Gardner's coming-out party a year ago, an electric peformance under the lights — 376 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. But it was also the crest of the wave for Gardner and the Wolverines. More

Michigan State QB Connor Cook says he's never seen 'dirtier hit' than the one he took

Connor Cook was 12-for-13 for 285 yards and three touchdowns against Jacksonville State in last week's opener. Dale G. Young

When Cook took a shot straight to the left knee from Jacksonville State's Folo Johnson on the fourth play — a hit that forced Cook's knee to buckle backward — Lippett was sure Cook wouldn't miss a snap. More

Notre Dame QB says confidence is the difference

Notre Dame's Everett Golson was 14-for-22 for 295 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for three touchdowns against Rice last weekend. Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

It would be difficult for anyone to have missed quarterback Everett Golson's performance in Notre Dame's season opener Saturday, a 48-17 victory over Rice in which he played a role in five touchdowns. More

Michigan State expects to be at full-strength for Oregon

Spartans receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (85) is expected to break tackles again despite hurting his ankle. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Quarterback Connor Cook took a shot to the left knee on the first series but returned and played the entire first half, while running back Jeremy Langford sat out the second half after injuring his ankle in the first. More

Michigan players tune up with Notre Dame fight song blaring

Jake Ryan said the music at practice is loud and irritating. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

Senior linebacker Jake Ryan said the music is so loud, it's difficult to hear someone who is a few feet away. Some of the song selections, however, are becoming a bit tedious. More

Tuesday's college football roundup: Wisconsin's QB situation becomes more muddled

Joel Stave of the Wisconsin Badgers is not injured, according to his coach. Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Andersen says 'injury' wasn't the right word. Stave says there is nothing physically wrong, but that he's noticed the past week that he's not throwing the ball the way he'd like to. More

GLIAC preview: Wayne State's Desmond Martin takes aim at 2,000-yard season

Desmond Martin: 'I feel like this is the year we're going to turn a lot of heads and make a lot of noise in the GLIAC.' Michael Dubicki / Wayne State Athletics

Coach Paul Winters and the rest of the team will be relying on Martin to replace Davis, who ended his career second in rushing touchdowns (52) and third in rushing yards (3,933) in Wayne State history. More

GLIAC preview: Team-by-team capsules

James Hawkins provides scouting reports on the football programs at Ferris State, Grand Valley, Hillsdale, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Northwood, Saginaw Valley and Wayne State of the GLIAC. More

MIAA preview: Dominic Bona emerges as championship QB for Albion

Dominic Bona: 'All the success did kind of surprise me, but I told myself every day when I woke up to keep grinding.' Lowell McGinnis / Albion College

Bona never anticipated that he'd complete nearly 60 percent of his passes for 2,308 yards and 16 touchdowns, leading Albion to its second MIAA championship in three years. More

MIAA preview: Team-by-team capsules

James Hawkins provides scouting reports on the football programs at Adrian, Albion, Alma, Hope, Kalamazoo and Olivet of the MIAA. More

Notre Dame: No change in status of five benched players

Junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell was named a freshman All-American by many media outlets in 2012. Joe Raymond / Associated Press

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday there is no change in the status of five players who were investigated by the university for possible academic cheating. More

Devin Funchess, Michigan to have foes looking out for No. 1

Devin Funchess has seven catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns Saturday. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

It was just one game for the new guy wearing the coveted No. 1 jersey at Michigan, but seven catches and three touchdowns later, it was difficult not to take notice. More

Mark Dantonio seeks more out of Michigan State's running game

Jeremy Langford rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries in the first half before twisting his ankle. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

As impressive as some of Michigan State's offensive numbers were in its season-opening victory over Jacksonville State, a coach always will find something to critique. For Mark Dantonio, that would be the Spartans' running game. More

Michigan won't reveal its 'plan' for Graham Glasgow, offensive line

Mason Cole got beat for one sack Saturday, but the true freshman otherwise graded out well in his Michigan debut. Tony Ding / Associated Press

Hoke was skillfully evasive when he answered multiple questions about the complexion of the offensive line for the upcoming game at Notre Dame. More

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers expected to play against Notre Dame

Jabrill Peppers injured his ankle in the opener against Appalachian State. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Freshman defensive back Jabrill Peppers, who missed the second half of the opener against Appalachian State with an ankle injury, is getting treatment and should be ready to play at Notre Dame. More

MAC notebook: Running game helps Eastern prevail in opener

Eastern Michigan defeated Morgan State, 31-28, Saturday on its new gray turf field. Mike Householder / Associated Press

Against Morgan State, Eastern piled up 292 rushing yards with Bronson Hill (114 yards, 19 carries), Darius Jackson (17-73, touchdown) and Ryan Brumfield (57 yards, 2 TDs) leading the way. More

Wisconsin 'hurting' after giving away Saturday night's game to LSU

LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (110 yards) scampers 28 yards for the winning touchdown late Saturday night. David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Save for the fact Wisconsin was wearing different colors, the Badgers did their best imitation of an early 2000s Michigan State team, dominating a top-level opponent for the majority of the game before wrapping the game up with a bow and handing it away in the end. More

Monday's college football roundup: Louisville defeats Miami in ACC debut

James Sample (2) and Delontrez Mount (48) of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate after Sample intercepted a pass during the game against the Miami Huricanes Monday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville won 31-13. Andy Lyons / Getty Images

Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected in Petrino's return as the Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. More

Mark Dantonio: Matchup with Oregon 'an opportunity to see where we're at as a program'

Connor Cook injured his knee Friday, but came back into the game and was effective. No word was given Sunday if the injury may hinder him against Oregon. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

After a 45-7 victory on Friday, all the focus can turn to Oregon as No. 8 Michigan State prepares to travel to Eugene, Oregon, this weekend to face the third-ranked Ducks in the marquee non-conference game of the season. More

Michigan sorry to see series with Notre Dame come to an end

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner threw for 173 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Appalachian State. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Michigan plays at Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; there are no future games scheduled between the longtime rivals. Michigan coach Brady Hoke has not attempted to soften comments he made last year when he said Notre Dame was 'chickening out' of the series. More

Michigan State an 11-point underdog vs. Oregon, Notre Dame favored to beat Michigan by 6

Nick Hill and the Spartans are 11-point underdogs for their game at Oregon on Saturday. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State's resounding victory in its season opener Friday night earned them some respect from Las Vegas, but not much. More

Sunday's college football roundup: No. 10 Baylor opens new stadium, shuts out SMU

Washington Redskins quarterback and former Baylor player Robert Griffin III waves after giving the invocation Sunday before the game between SMU and Baylor. LM Otero / Associated Press

Before the 10th-ranked Bears beat SMU 45-0 in their first game at McLane Stadium on Sunday night, a 9 1/2-foot bronze statue of Robert Griffin III was unveiled. More

Detroit News Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 2

Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News breaks down the Big Ten after the opening weekend of the regular season. More

No. 13 LSU 28, No. 14 Wisconsin 24: Tigers need fourth-quarter rally to edge Badgers

Anthony Jennings (10) of LSU Tigers celebrates with La'el Collins (70) and K.J. Malone (63). Bob Levey / Getty Images

Kenny Hilliard scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to cap a fourth-quarter rally for No. 13 LSU in a 28-24 win over No. 14 Wisconsin at NRG Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers trailed 24-21 when Jalen Mills intercepted Tanner McEvoy's pass at the LSU 47 with 11:04 left. More

California 31, Northwestern 24: Wildcats can't overcome tough first half

California players celebrate their win against Northwestern. David Banks / Getty Images

The Wildcats just about pulled off the comeback. Jared Goff threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen Jefferson had a key interception, and California hung on to beat Northwestern 31-24 Saturday in the season opener. More

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