Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

John Rowe's 10 Burning Questions in College Football

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

John Rowe's 10 Burning Questions in College Football

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1. How well did Rashan Gary do in his first extended playing time for Michigan?

Very well. Subbing for an injured starter, Gary, the freshman defensive lineman from Paramus Catholic, stood out in a 51-14 rout of Central Florida with six tackles (2 1/2 for lost yardage), and his first college sack. "He was very outstanding," said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

2. How much has Jabrill Peppers improved his stock for the NFL Draft?

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has elevated Michigan's defensive back/linebacker from Paramus Catholic to No.6 on his draft board, after not ranking him in the top 10. "I expect him to test off the charts at the NFL combine," said Kiper. "He has been the most impressive player on my board."

3. Why are Oklahoma fans shaking their heads before Ohio State runs its first play?

Because OU's administrators have rented out Oklahoma's Noble Center, the on-campus basketball facility, so Ohio State fans can hold a pregame pep rally. Eight hundred OSU fans will eat and drink at the 1 1/2-hour "Buckeye Bash," which will end approximately an hour before tonight's kickoff.

4. When was the last time Ohio State lost away from Columbus?

Before Urban Meyer showed up. The Buckeyes are a nation's best 18- 0 on the road since he took over. Their last road loss was at Michigan in 2011. Oklahoma, by comparison, is 41-2 at home under Bob Stoops. The last time the Sooners hosted a game like this they routed No. 2 Texas Tech, 65-21, in 2008.

5. At this point in recruiting, is there a Big Ten program faring better than Michigan?

Yes. Ohio State has commitments from four of the top 20 and 11 of the top 100 Rivals.com prospects, including wide receiver Trevon Grimes (No. 7). Of course, there's still time before the February signing day for Michigan, Alabama or another high-profile program can surpass Ohio State.

6. What is Michigan's plans for former DePaul running back Kareem Walker? …

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