Jan. 2, 2012
The 78th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl is just a day away -- that fact started to sink into the minds of the University of Michigan football team's coaches and players today (Tuesday, Jan. 2). Compared to the last five days, it was a simpler with fewer time commitments. The team had its daily meetings then went to practice at the Superdome, which was preceded by the team picture.
Before team meetings, head coach Brady Hoke, offensive coordinator Al Borges and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, as well as a few players, met with ESPN's commentators for the game, Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe. The prevailing sentiment among the Wolverines was that they were tired of waiting and excited to test their preparation against the Virginia Tech Hokies in New Orleans.
The other major item on the schedule was U-M's second practice at the Superdome, which lasted just 45 minutes. Just before their workout, the Wolverines got the chance to see their new white Sugar Bowl jerseys. The team assembled around the freshly-painted Sugar Bowl logo at midfield for the customary postseason picture.
Michigan will utilize the late night start on Jan. 3 to do final film study and conduct a few walkthroughs to keep the players active.
NOTE OF THE DAY
Former U-M head coach Lloyd Carr will be honored by the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3 at the Seventh Annual National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Salute. The event recognizes the newest class of College Football Hall of Fame inductees.
STAT OF THE DAY
The media has talked quite a bit about this being the first meeting between Michigan and Virginia Tech and how adjustments will play a major factor in the game. The Wolverines have been highly successful in 2011 based on in-game modifications to the game plan. U-M has outscored its opponents 322-136 from the second quarter on and 207-87 in the second half.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Brady Hoke on the momentum that can be gained by winning a bowl game ...
"I think there's a momentum that any team has when you win that last opportunity you have to play. I think there's something to be said for that. You're on a national stage, the only game in town. And so people who love and have a passion for college football, they're going to take notice."