It’s that time of the year. Michigan fans have waited anxiously all winter to see the maize and blue, winged helmet on the field once again.
This is not the same Michigan football team fans are accustom to seeing. Gone are Pep Hamilton, Greg Mattison and Al Washington. Gone is the position of “fullback”. Most importantly gone is the ground-based offense that was not cutting it.
Welcome to basketball on grass.
In comes sky high expectations behind new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Gattis, previously at Alabama, brings a wealth of knowledge to the Michigan passing game. Not as a former quarterback but from the opposite side of the line of scrimmage. Gattis was a defensive back from 2003 (Wake Forest) until 2008 (Chicago Bears). His time as a DB as well as his previous 8 years spent as a wide receivers coach should benefit the offense immensely. Gattis has earned Harbaugh’s full trust as he will be calling the plays for the offense this year. At his disposal, he will have a more seasoned version of Shea Patterson to work with this year.
Gattis’ first time behind the helm of the offense comes against Middle Tennessee State.
Last season, the Blue Raiders went 7-1 in Conference USA play, winning their conference title for the first time since joining the league in 2013. They finished the year with an 8-6 record. Middle Tennessee State has yet to decide their QB competition for the year, as former starter Brent Stockstill – son of Blue Raider head coach Rick Stockstill – had his eligibility expire after the 2018 season. Rick Stockstill brings his team to Ann Arbor with many questions still unanswered. This will be the first meeting between the schools on the gridiron.
Michigan-Middle Tennessee State Football TV Channel, time and live stream
Kickoff time: 7:30 PM ET
Date: August 31
Location: The Big House, Michigan Stadium
TV Channel: BigTenNetwork
Live Stream: FOXSportsGo
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