Free Press writer Nick Baumgardner answers your Michigan football questions on Sept. 26, 2017, as the team heads into a bye week, then a showdown vs. Michigan State.
Looking back at what happened we learned during Michigan’s bye week, and a look ahead to Saturday’s home game against Michigan State.
What we learned
Quarterback conversation: Wilton Speight wouldn’t have been able to play in a game last weekend had Michigan been in action. At this point, it’s unclear if he’ll be healthy enough to play Saturday against Michigan State as he continues to recover from a hit to the back of the head/neck two weeks ago at Purdue. If Speight can’t go, it’ll be John O’Korn’s first start in a rivalry game at Michigan. At home, under the lights, on national television. The long-term answer, with regard to Michigan’s season, at quarterback isn’t clear right now. But if O’Korn earns the start, he could earn more if his play is up to par.
Healing/studying up: Outside of Speight and Tarik Black, Michigan doesn’t have any significant injuries to starters at the moment – at least it didn’t when the bye week began. So the Wolverines have had a full week to recover from minor bumps and bruises and to begin mental preparation for Michigan State. Defensive coordinator Don Brown began showing the defense Spartan clips early last week and Michigan’s staff was able to get a head start on game plan material for Saturday’s game.
Up next: Michigan State
Matchup: Michigan State (3-1, 1-0) at No. 7 Michigan (4-0, 3-1).
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday.
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor.
TV/radio: ABC; WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).
Know the foe: Michigan State was able to get a bounce back home win over Iowa on Saturday a…