Monday, September 16, 2013

Michigan moving on following close call

Perhaps the only thing more challenging than a struggling 0-2 facing Michigan is a struggling 0-2 team facing Michigan after a less than stellar performance against Akron.

Akron, which hadn't defeated a Big Ten team since the late 1890s, had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds in what would go down as one of the most monumental upsets in recent memory.

On his weekly press conference which was streamed like on Michigan's official site, Michigan coach Brady Hoke was asked about the response he expects from his team following the Akron game.

"If I knew that …," Hoke said. "The only thing I can say is we went out and practiced yesterday with shoulder pads and helmets which they usually don’t. They were very, very I wouldn’t say excited but they were glad to be back on the field. I was excited."

UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni knows the Michigan coaches will have the complete attention of their players coming off the near upset.

"Obviously Michigan can’t be sky high every week," Pasqualoni said on the weekly American Athletic Conference call. "They just came off a real big game (a win over Notre Dame) and I am sure Akron was able to spend a lot of time on them. Michigan will be ready to play, I promise you that."

So does Pasqualoni think Michigan will have another game where they take a team lightly?

"No, they just had that," Pasqualoni said. "They just had a close one and I am sure their coaches are telling them it’s too close for comfort so let’s get focused on this, let’s dial it in and let’s go so I think it’s not because it is us but it is because it is the next opponent and they will do a good job of being ready to play."

There are no changes on UConn's two-deep chart which was posted just about 30 minutes ago.

The ABC announcing team will be Sean McDonough on play by play, former Ohio State and Detroit Lions linebacker Chris Spielman on color commentary and Shannon Spake is the sideline reporter



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