Denard Robinson underwent MRI, Michigan football team's record after off weeks and more
Much to their relief, the medical test showed no structural damage.
Asked if Robinson will be ready to face Penn State this weekend in Saturday’s 8 p.m. kickoff, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez gave a definitive “yes.”
“You can’t mention quarterbacks in the conference without mentioning Denard Robinson. He’s electric.” -- Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, during Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference.
Three Big Ten teams are already bowl-eligible: Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Three more -- Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern -- are one win away from locking up postseason eligibility.
ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach and Andrea Adelson both had projected the Wolverines to land in the Gator Bowl for the past month.
But they’ve revised those projections downward this week. Adelson currently projects a Michigan-Texas matchup in the Houston-based Texas Bowl. Schlabach has the Wolverines headed further west, landing in an Insight bowl matchup with Oklahoma State. The week after Michigan didn’t have an off week last year, but during Rich Rodriguez’s first year in Ann Arbor a week-long break worked out pretty well for the Wolverines.
Michigan beat No. 9 Wisconsin in 2008 following a week off, 27-25, and the game after a off week has generally treated them well.
The Wolverines hold a 6-1 record this decade when playing after a break. Their only loss came in 2000, in a 54-51 defeat against Northwestern.
Rodriguez has fared even better in games following an off week. Starting in 2001, when he became West Virginia’s head coach, he has compiled a 7-1 mark following a break. His only loss came at the hands of No. 5 Louisville in 2006.
As for Michigan-Penn State this week?
“We had a good week in the bye, had a chance to get some guys healthier and a little bit of a break, and now we have a big challenge ahead at Penn State,” Rodriguez said.