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Donovan Peoples-Jones (9), Kekoa Crawford (1) and other Michigan players celebrate after Grant Perry (left) scored a 33-yard touchdown Saturday against Cincinnati.

Michigan football has a new motto, Wolverines move up in the polls, Wilton Speight’s footwork issues

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Patience, patience, patience 

Patience is a hard word for most coaches to say, and mean, about their teams.

It was word Jim Harbaugh used enough times Saturday after Michigan beat Cincinnati, 36-14, to make sure it was emphasized. That’s what will be needed with this version of the Wolverines, writes Rachel Lenzi of Land of 10. It was also the topic of conversation for Mitch Albom of the Free Press. 

New polls

Sunday is a poll day in college football. The AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll agreed on where Michigan stands nationally through two weeks — at No. 7. The Wolverines were selected No. 2 in the Land of 10 Power Poll. So, where could they end up bowling? Here’s a way-too-early look at the possibilities. 

It’s all in the feet

A lot of people are worried about Wilton’s Speight’s propensity for throwing high to receivers through the first two games. So is Speight and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton. The issue isn’t in the arm but rather the feet, writes Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News.   

Grant Perry turning into go-to guy

Wide receiver Grant Perry turned a 5-yard catch on a crossing pattern into a 33-yard touchdown that provided breathing room against Cincinnati in the third quarter. For a player whose status on the team was uncertain this summer, Perry has proven to be vital

Stabilizing force

Ty Isaac had his second straight 100-yard game and looks like he’s taken over as the No. 1 back for the Wolverines. For an offense that is still searching for a consistent rhythm in the passing game, Isaac is a stabilizing force, writes Shawn Windsor of the Free Press. 

Switch made at punt returner

Donovan Peoples-Jones is a threat to score anytime he touches the football, but he got yanked from returning punts against Cincinnati because of the little things he wasn’t doing, including a mistake that lost Michigan the ball. Harbaugh replaced him with Perry. 

Hoops honors

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were honored during the first half of the game on Saturday. In case you missed it, here’s what it looked like.

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