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Posted on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 : 11:45 a.m.

The mega guide to week 3: No. 25 Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan

By Pete Bigelow


Tate Forcier and Rich Rodriguez walk into the Michigan Stadium tunnel following last week's victory over Notre Dame. The Wolverines are home again Saturday, this time against Eastern Michigan.

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WHO: Eastern Michigan (0-2) vs. No. 25 Michigan (2-0).

WHERE: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor.

WHEN: 12:01 p.m.

ODDS: Michigan is favored by 24 points, according to

BROADCAST INFORMATION: Television: Big Ten Network; Radio: WOMC 104.3-FM and WTKA 1050-AM.

RUNDOWN: The Big Ten season is looming. Tough road tests against Michigan State and Iowa are on the horizon.

But before the Wolverines or their fans can look too far ahead, there's Saturday's game against Washtenaw County's other Division I-A football program remaining on their schedule.

In eight meetings with Eastern Michigan, Michigan has come away with a win every time. In fact, the Eagles have never beaten a Big Ten opponent.

But Eastern could make things interesting Saturday.

For one, the Eagles have strengthened ties to their neighbors. Former U-M defensive coordinator is the Eagles new coach. Former U-M running back Tyrone Wheatley is one of his assistants. And former Michigan cornerback Johnny Sears now lines up for the Eagles.

Eastern is fresh off a 27-24 defeat at Northwestern that caught a lot of attention. Could they look to be the spoilers again Saturday? has covered the build-up to the game all week.

Here's a look at our coverage so far. We'll update this post with more on Michigan-Eastern Michigan tonight and early Saturday morning, and hope you'll join us for a live chat during the game:


  • Did Rich Rodriguez plot his Jonas Mouton comments as a way to endear himself to the team and fire up the locker room?'s Dave Birkett ponders that possibility in  today's edition of "Birk's Eye View."
  • reporters Dave Birkett and Michael Rothstein offer predictions on whether the Michigan-EMU game will be a blowout or something closer in this week's edition of "For Argument's Sake."


  • Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton has been suspended for Saturday's game after striking a Notre Dame player during last week's game. 
  • Even with Mouton's suspension, Rodriguez was already planning to play an ever-widening cast of young players against Eastern, writes's Dave Birkett.
  • Ann Arbor and the Wolverines will always hold a special place in Tyrone Wheatley's memories. For Saturday, though, the former U-M running back is bleeding green and white. 
  • Lloyd Carr dismissed cornerback Johnny Sears from the Wolverines in 2007. Sears has resurfaced with Ron English at Eastern Michigan, where he's put his reputation back together.
  • reporter Michael Rothstein chats with EMU sideline reporter Brian Nemerovski, who breaks down the Eagles in our weekly back-and-forth with a beat reporter who covers Michigan's opponent. 
  • On the lighter side: Actor Dann Florek, of Law and Order fame, chats about growing up in Michigan, his time as a student at Eastern Michigan and his affection for the Wolverines.
  • Concession sales at Michigan Stadium may not affect the on-field action, but they make a huge difference for local non-profit organizations.

  • David Moosman, Michigan's right guard, has started 14 games but will miss the Eastern game because of a shoulder injury.
  • Michigan safety Troy Woolfolk is emerging from his famous father's shadow, and making a name for himself as a starter in the Wolverines secondary.
  • Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan talks about his role in the QB rotation, growing up in nearby Saline and more in this Q&A with reporter Jeff Arnold.
  • Reporter Dave Birkett checks in with his weekly lunch-time live chat with Wolverines fans, in which he talks about which freshman might see larger roles this week and more. 
  • Michael Rothstein watched a chunk of Wednesday's practice and checks in with some observations, which include a certain freshman playing on the first team. (Hint: Besides Tate Forcier).
  • Eastern coach Ron English isn't showing a lot of emotion or nostalgia for his first game against Michigan, where he used to be defensive coordinator. He's all business, according to reporter Jeff Arnold. 

  • In an opinion piece, Michael Rothstein takes issue with Rich Rodriguez's see-no-evil approach to the videotaped upper-cut Jonas Mouton takes at a Notre Dame opponent.
  • Rodriguez talks about his plans for playing his quarterbacks against Eastern Michigan in this post-practice video.
  • Rodriguez first announces that Mouton will not be disciplined, saying he "didn't see anyone throw a punch or anything like that." Here's the story and video of Rodriguez's reaction. 
  • The controversy surrounding Mouton and his seen/unseen punch/jab/pat started when this video of the contentious exchange surfaced.



  • One day removed from the Michigan-Notre Dame game, Irish coach Charlie Weis has a lot to say about how it was officiated.
  • Michael Rothstein watches the replay of the Wolverines' big upset and delivers a play-by-play breakdown of the game.
  • Beat reporter Dave Birkett checks in with his analysis of the game, noting that a healthy Brandon Minor makes a huge difference for the Michigan offense.
  • Last ranked at the end of the 2007 season, the Wolverines re-enter the Top 25 poll following the 38-34 win over the Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium.



Sat, Sep 19, 2009 : 10 a.m.

I'm glad they are reporting it, because I can't watch much of the game. I have to go to a wedding at 2PM. Who schedules a wedding during football Saturdays? I'd rather go on Sunday at 1PM.


Fri, Sep 18, 2009 : 6:57 p.m.

This may be the only week actually reports on an EMU football game! (perhaps I've missed the coverage?)