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    Colorado Daily – Michigan

    September 11th

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    Alex Kelley and Derek McCartney miss Idaho State game, expected back for Michigan

    From the Daily Camera … Senior center Alex Kelley had started 26 consecutive games and had never missed a game in his career until sitting out of Saturday’s game.

    Kelley injured his ankle early in the second half against CSU on Sept. 2 and the Buffs wanted to give him more time to heal this week.

    “His ankle is still sore, but he should be OK,” MacIntyre. “Hopefully he’ll be back this week.”

    In his place, senior Sully Wiefels got the start, his first at center (he got one start at guard last year). Wiefels, who played most of the second half against CSU, had all the first-team snaps on Saturday.

    Outside linebacker Derek McCartney (ankle) and running back Michael Adkins II (hamstring) also sat out to take more time to heal. Kelley, McCartney and Adkins were all in uniform.

    Michigan takes out Central Florida, 51-14, keeping starters in the game late

    From The Detroit Free Press … The first quarter concluded and Michigan “only” had a 21-0 lead.

    And they appeared disappointed that they couldn’t score their fourth touchdown as quickly as they scored their third touchdown. That only required eight seconds.

    Jim Harbaugh’s got them running hard, hot and relentless. Aggressively pushing the ball offensively downfield while ferociously pushing up-field defensively. The non-conference blueprint’s pretty clear after two blowouts against two grossly inferior opponents. Re-creating a sense of fear and dread toward coming to Michigan Stadium, reminiscent of 20 years ago when opponents knew they were already steamrolled by the time they boarded the team bus at the hotel first thing in the morning.

    Nobody fears anybody in today’s college football. Nobody’s afraid of Alabama. Nobody trembles at the sight of Ohio State. And those two programs remain the game’s current gold standard. There’s simply too much athleticism divvied about nationally with scholarship reductions and every game televised.

    Nobody’s quaking in their cleats after two games and 114 points scored that the Wolverines are quickly becoming an undeniable force. But that doesn’t stop Harbaugh from flooring the accelerator – even when the Wolverines are more than comfortably ahead against another flea-ridden foe.

    Michigan led Central Florida by 30 points at the start of the fourth quarterback, but quarterback Wilton Speight and his explosive arsenal of receivers were still in the game.

    “We wanted more,” said tight end Jake Butt. “We were up 30 points, but we want to be up 40.”

    On third-and-five at UCF 30, Speight hit Amara Darboh on a crossing pattern and he turned the corner, racing to the end zone for the Wolverines’ final score of the afternoon. And Harbaugh pumped his fist on the sideline as though it was a score that regained the lead.

    “I didn’t think we were up by enough so I was glad that he kept us in the game,” said Darboh who had two touchdown receptions. “As starters and playmakers, we understand that we need to make plays and score touchdowns. He’s very competitive. We’re very competitive. And I don’t think any competitive person’s going to complain about being out there and playing even when the game looks out of reach.”

    Colorado doubles its vote totals in each poll

    The 56-7 victory over Idaho State was (slightly) impressive to the pollsters, as Colorado doubled its vote totals in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ polls.

    CU’s opponent for the upcoming week, Michigan, moved up a spot to No. 4 in the poll (the same spot the Wolverines were in when the Buffs won in 1994). Three Pac-12 teams remained in the poll – all from the North division. Stanford and Washington remained steady at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, while Oregon moved up two spots to No. 22.

    Four teams from the Pac-12 were in the “others receiving votes”, led by Utah (tied for No. 26). UCLA was in at No. 28, with Colorado at No. 36 and Arizona State tied for No. 37.

    Here is the Associated Press poll:

    1. Alabama
    2. Florida State
    3. Ohio State
    4. Michigan
    5. Clemson
    6. Houston
    7. Stanford
    8. Washington

    9. Wisconsin
    10. Louisville
    11. Texas
    12. Michigan State
    13. Iowa
    14. Oklahoma
    15. Tennessee
    16. Georgia
    17. Texas A&M
    18. Notre Dame
    19. Ole Miss
    20. LSU
    21. Baylor
    22. Oregon
    23. Florida
    24. Arkansas
    25. Miami (Fla.)​

    Others receiving votes: Utah 62, TCU 62, San Diego State 51, UCLA 47, Boise State 42, Pittsburgh 39, Oklahoma State 22, Nebraska 11, North Carolina 10, Auburn 7, Central Michigan 4, Colorado 2, Arizona State 1, Cincinnati 1

    … and the USA Today coaches’ poll:

    1. Alabama
    2. Florida State
    3. Clemson
    4. Ohio State
    5. Michigan
    6. Stanford

    7. Houston
    8. Michigan State
    9. Washington
    10. Louisville
    11. Iowa
    12. Wisconsin
    13. Georgia
    14. Oklahoma
    15. Tennessee
    16. Texas
    17. Ole Miss
    18. Notre Dame
    19. Baylor
    20. Texas A&M
    21. Oregon
    22. LSU
    23. Florida
    24. Arkansas
    25. Miami (Fla.)​

    Others receiving votes … TCU 110, North Carolina 56, Utah 52, Nebraska 47, UCLA 42, Boise State 37, Oklahoma State 29, San Diego State 27, Pittsburgh 25, Auburn 15, South Florida 12, West Virginia 9, Navy 8, Arizona State 7, Appalachian State 3, Colorado 2, Georgia Southern 2, Marshall 1, Western Kentucky 1, Minnesota 1, Central Michigan 1, Toledo 1, Western Michigan 1




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