Neither Minnesota nor Michigan has shown an ability to pass the ball four weeks into the season. The Gophers rank last in the Big Ten in pass offense, and the Wolverines are barely better, sitting at 12th out of 14 teams in the conference.
To top it off, both programs enter Saturday’s matchup with uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position.
Amid a mob of teammates, Maxx Williams stood on the field after the University of Minnesota football team’s 30-14 victory at the University of Michigan last Saturday. The victory gave him more than the Little Brown Jug rivalry trophy — he completed a family legacy.
Moments after his performance on the field ended, Williams couldn’t wait to find his father.
As Wolverines fans filed through the exits, Brian Williams hustled down the bleachers of the nation’s largest stadium to see his son celebrating on the field.
Senior running back David Cobb scored two touchdowns but had a late fumble.
About six weeks ago, Devin Gardner was all smiles entering into his senior season.
Sitting at a round table surrounded by nearly a dozen media members, the Michigan quarterback discussed his increased chances of winning the Heisman Trophy, the looming rivalry game at Notre Dame and the Wolverines’ passing attack — which he said would be “without a doubt” the best in the Big Ten.
But times have changed.
The Little Brown Jug is one of the oldest trophies in college football.