Big House Bleachers: Michigan Manhandles Penn St, “Sign-gate” Turns to a Circus, and Michigan Basketball Tips Off

In the latest episode of the “Big House Bleachers” podcast, hosts Michael Smeltzer and Matt Hartwell discuss a range of topics related to Michigan football and basketball. They kick off with a recap of Michigan’s significant 24-15 victory over Penn State, a win that kept them undefeated at 10-0 for the season, including their conference games. This victory keeps Michigan’s hopes for a Big Ten championship and a college football playoff berth alive.

A notable element of the game was Blake Corum’s performance against Penn State’s top-ranked rushing defense, where Michigan impressively finished with 32 consecutive running plays. However, overshadowing this on-field success was the suspension of Michigan’s head football coach, Jim Harbaugh, amidst a controversial situation involving sign-stealing allegations and tensions between the Big Ten conference and the Michigan football program.

Blake Corum ran for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns in Happy Valley.
Blake Corum ran for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns in Happy Valley. Photo by Aaron J. Thornton

Mike and Matt delve into the complexities of both the on-field triumphs and the off-field drama, offering detailed insights and awarding their Player of the Game honors. They also preview Michigan’s upcoming game against Maryland Terrapins.

Switching to basketball, the hosts discuss the Michigan basketball team’s promising start to the season, moving to a 2-0 record even as head coach Juwan Howard recovers from heart surgery. They note the team’s improved chemistry over last year’s squad and look forward to their upcoming game against St. John’s.

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