With the Big Ten conference title now extremely unlikely, Hoke faces the most critical four-game stretch of his Michigan tenure. If his team plays well, he can keep his staff intact to pursue his goal of returning Michigan to national prominence. If they stumble, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which changes won’t be necessary.
The Michigan Wolverines (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten Conference) host the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten Conference) at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan is coming off a 29-6 loss to instate rival Michigan State, while Nebraska prevailed against Northwestern on a 49-yard pass touchdown pass as time exp
#23 Michigan at #24 Michigan State
Date: Saturday, Nov. 2 | Time: 3:30 p.m.
(6-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
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U-M leads, 68-32-5Last Meeting:
Michigan 12, Michigan State 10
(Oct. 20, 2012 – Ann Arbor, Mich.)
(7-1, 4-0 Big Ten)
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After being embraced by fans eager to forget the Rich Rodriguez years, Brady Hoke now faces the tipping point as Michigan head football coach.
Hoke found great success in his first season when Michigan finished 11-2, defeating both Notre Dame and Ohio State on the way to a BCS bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
But the results since then have been mixed.
Coach Brady Hoke has talked about winning the Big Ten title ever since replacing Rich Rodriguez. Now in his third season at Michigan, Hoke has in-state rival Michigan State blocking the Wolverines’ path in achieving that goal.
The Spartans enter the game with the top-ranked defense in the country while the Wolverines offense has struggled to block consistently all season. Add to the mix that Michigan has struggled on the road under Hoke and it’s obvious that this game represents a major challenge.
The Wolverines, who enter the game as an underdog, will need to find consistency on both offense and defense, something that has eluded them all season.