Live updates: Michigan-Ohio State week has finally arrived, and Brady Hoke's ready to discuss it
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ANN ARBOR --
• That'll do it for Hoke. He made it clear a few times today that he wanted no part of discussing any of this stuff with the media.
• Hoke still not flinching on Denard Robinson. Says he's "close" to being 100 percent. Close to being able to start. Won't say one way or another.
• Michigan tries to ramp up the rivalry history about Michigan-Ohio State in August, but says he will get into more historical detail about this game with his team. He says "our guys know we haven't won there in a long time."
• Hoke says he doesn't think Greg Mattison's familiarity with Urban Meyer helps anything.
• Hoke says his most memorable Michigan-Ohio State game was the 2002 game. He says Maurice Clarett's big screen pass first down on a third-down play was why it was memorable.
• On Urban Meyer: "The good thing is, neither one of us are playing." Says it's not about Hoke vs. Meyer.
• On Ohio State's offense: Hoke says OSU is running the football very well, scoring more points than anyone in the conference. Talks highly of both Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller -- says the Buckeye offensive line is talented, too.
• Hoke says Desmond Morgan will be ready to play this week vs. Ohio State.
• Hoke says Ohio State being undefeated has no impact on how Michigan preps for this game. Says if you need more to get prepared for this game, then "you don't know college football."
• On Elliott Mealer: "His journey has been one that has meant an awful lot to this football team because of how he lives daily." Talks of his ability to overcome tragedy in a "first class way."
• Hoke on Thomas Rawls: He says he's improved a lot as the year has gone on. He says a lot of his development has come in the pass protection game, a lot of different reads and those types of things. The natural running ability has always been there, though.
• Hoke continues to maintain that Robinson is continuing to improve every day, says who starts at quarterback is "up in the air."
• Hoke says he's not going to get into specifics on Toussaint's injury, says "that's his business." But did say he "hopes" Toussaint will be back and ready to play by the start of next season.
• Hoke on Denard Robinson: He says being able to move Robinson around "helps our football team." Says it lets you put your best 11 on the field -- whether Robinson is playing quarterback, slot receiver or anywhere else.
• Brady Hoke said Toussaint had surgery, he talked with him Sunday. He should get out of the hospital today. Hoke says the surgery went well and he should make a recovery, though adds "no one wants that for any kid."
• Depth chart updates: Fitz Toussaint has been removed from the depth chart entirely. Obviously that's not good news, as he had leg surgery over the weekend. Meanwhile, Denard Robinson is still listed as the team's starting quarterback ... However, that hasn't changed all season. So it really means nothing.
It's Brady Hoke vs. Urban Meyer.
Michigan-Ohio State week has finally arrived, and as has often been the case over the past 50 years, there's a lot at stake.
If Nebraska somehow loses at Iowa on Friday, a Michigan win would secure a Big Ten Championship Game appearance in Indianapolis. If Nebraska clinches, though, Michigan still has plenty to play for.
The Buckeyes are unbeaten and, despite their bowl band, they still have a realistic shot at finishing the season as an unbeaten Associated Press national champion.
Oh, yeah, and Hoke and Meyer will be squaring off for the first time.
Join MLive.com and follow along for live updates as Hoke meets with the media at 12:30 p.m. Monday.