PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to discuss whom he gave the game ball to after watching his undermanned club potentially resurrect its season with a 24-17 victory...
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's draft dealing and Vic Fangio's strategy on preseason playing time both backfired in the Denver Broncos' 24-16 loss at Oakland that snapped the NFL's longest...
DENVER BRONCOS (6-10)
New faces: HC Vic Fangio, OC Rich Scangarello, QB Joe Flacco, TE Noah Fant, LG Dalton Risner, RT Ja'Wuan James, SS Kareem Jackson, RCB Bryce Callahan, DE Dre'Mont...
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-6-1)
New faces: LB Devin Bush, WR Donte Moncrief, CB Steven Nelson, LB Mark Barron, WR Diontae Johnson, CB Justin Layne, RB Benny Snell Jr.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mason Rudolph guided a long first-half touchdown drive to perhaps nudge ahead of Josh Dobbs in the race to be the backup behind Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers expect first-round pick Devin Bush to provide a serious jolt of athleticism and swagger to a young defense.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-6-1)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
LAST YEAR: Pittsburgh let 2 1/2-game lead in AFC North vanish over final month of season to miss playoffs for...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin increasingly talks about "position-less" football and the ever growing need to find players who can't just do one thing, but...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Steelers saw a player they liked in Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, so made a rare, aggressive move to get him in the first round of the NFL draft.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan cornerback David Long and tight end Zach Gentry are entering the NFL draft, skipping their final seasons of college eligibility.
Long and Gentry made their announcements Wednesday on social media .
Peach Bowl: No. 10 Florida (9-3) vs. No. 8 Michigan (10-2) at Atlanta, Saturday, Noon EST (ESPN)
ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan probably will need more than one running back to replace Karan Higdon in Saturday's Peach Bowl against Florida.
The leadership void left by Higdon's exit may be even more difficult to fill.
"Karan was our guy, our offensive leader, and we all kind of followed him," quarterback Shea Patterson said Thursday of Higdon, the team's leading rusher and offensive captain.
ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty has become the Wolverines' fourth draft-eligible player to pull out of Saturday's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against No. 10 Florida.
Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed to The Associated Press that Bushell-Beatty, a fifth-year senior, elected to miss the game.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan running back Karan Higdon says he'll skip the Peach Bowl.
Higdon, a senior who has rushed for 1,178 yards this season, said on Instagram on Thursday that it is in his best interests to miss the game to prepare to pursue an NFL career.
The eighth-ranked Wolverines face 10th-ranked Florida in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 29.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — In the same hour, Michigan had an expected departure and a surprise signing.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is the offensive player of the year and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is defensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team released Wednesday.
Freshman receiver Rondale Moore of Purdue was voted newcomer of the year, and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald was named coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to the Big Ten championship game for the first time.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald is the unanimous choice for Big Ten coach of the year.
The conference on Tuesday announced half its postseason awards based on voting by coaches and media. Fitzgerald led the Wildcats (8-4) to the West Division title after going winless in nonconference play and losing several starters to injuries.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rashan Gary is entering the NFL draft and skipping his senior season at Michigan.
The standout defensive end made the announcement Monday on YouTube.
"I would like to thank my higher power, my family, the University of Michigan and the students and the fans," Gary said. "But I will be foregoing my senior season to make a dream come true to declare for the draft. Thank you and go blue."
Josh Allen of Kentucky and Devin Bush of Michigan are among the five finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's best linebacker.
The other finalists announced Monday were Tre Lamar of Clemson, Dylan Moses of Alabama and Devin White of LSU. The winner will be announced Dec. 6.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alabama nose tackle Quinnen Williams, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen and LSU safety Grant Delpit give the Southeastern Conference three of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's top defensive player.
The other finalists announced Wednesday were Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State interim President John Engler says its "absurd" and "ridiculous" that the Big Ten fined his school $10,000 over last weekend's pregame hostilities with rival Michigan.
Engler spoke to WJR radio before Michigan State's game against Purdue on Saturday.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten fined Michigan State $10,000 and reprimanded the Spartans football team, coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush for their actions and comments regarding a confrontation before last week's game.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio is letting Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh have the last word after Saturday's dustup.
The Michigan State coach opened his news conference Tuesday saying he was done talking about the pregame flap when several Wolverine players on the field were caught up in the Spartans' traditional stadium walk. Dantonio then tried to direct attention to Michigan State's game this Saturday against Purdue.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 15 Wisconsin is coming to the Big House, and everyone is paying attention.
"This is one of those games that you see on the schedule," star linebacker Devin Bush Jr. said Monday. "You got to get those first six games out of the way, but you know this game is coming. Now that it's here, this is all you've been waiting for.
"This is the part of the season where it defines your whole season and what your team wants to do."
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Nebraska set up what seemed like a perfectly timed play, allowing Michigan's hard-charging defense to rush up the field just before completing a screen pass.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh is in his fourth year at Michigan, where he has had time to assemble perhaps his best team.
Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten Conference) vs. South Carolina (8-4, 5-3 Southeastern Conference), Jan. 1, 12 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
Michigan: LB Devin Bush is the team's leading tackler with 94. The sophomore's 9.5 tackles for loss include 5.0 sacks. He also has an interception.
South Carolina: QB Jake Bentley is 12-7 as a starter and has completed 63.6 percent of his career passes, which is second in school history.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Wisconsin and Michigan have three players apiece on the coaches' All-Big Ten defense first team.
The conference began announcing its postseason awards on Tuesday. The coaches' All-Big Ten offense will be announced Wednesday and individual awards on Thursday.
No. 17 Michigan (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) at Indiana (3-2, 0-2), Saturday, Noon ET (ABC).
Line: Michigan by 7.
Series record: Michigan leads 56-9.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
One loss won't necessarily knock the Wolverines out of the Big Ten title chase or the playoff picture. Two losses in conference play would almost doom both hopes. The Hoosiers nearly pulled off a massive upset two years ago. If they can do it this time, it would be the breakthrough win this program has been talking about all season.
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. This season, the AP released its first preseason All-America team and will also weigh-in with a midseason team before the full, three-team All-America selections are unveiled in December. The third installment of the weekly All-America watch features the next Michigan defensive star, Christian McCaffrey's replacement at Stanford and Florida's special weapon:
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — That defense for 11th-ranked Michigan looks very familiar, even with all those first-time starters.
Yes, those Wolverines that had eight defensive players taken in the NFL draft earlier this year and also lost two other starters.