Michigan looks to bounce back against Air Force

Associated Press Modified: September 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm •  Published: September 7, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Fitzgerald Toussaint is expected to go from suspended to starting.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has cleared Toussaint to play Saturday against Air Force following a one-game suspension for pleading guilty to drunken driving.

"I let my team down and I let my family down," Toussaint said. "I wasn't accountable. I made a bad decision."

He should help the 19th-ranked Wolverines bounce back from a humbling 41-14 loss to Alabama at Cowboys Stadium that dropped them from a No. 8 preseason ranking.

Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said what happened to Michigan against the defending champion and currently top-ranked Crimson Tide has no effect — good or bad — on his team.

"I don't think that's really a factor," Calhoun said. "This was going to be their home opener regardless of what happened last week. I think last week they played a team that there is nobody in football more talented than the team they played last week. Not even the Patriots. I am serious about that."

Air Force has been pretty good, too, earning a program-record five straight bowl bids, but has a 19-game losing streak against teams ranked in The Associated Press poll.

Calhoun is confident the cadets won't be intimidated by Michigan or 110,000-plus fans rooting against them at the Big House.

"Not when you've got to wake up with somebody banging on your door at 4:15 in the morning and within 24 hours you've had all your hair cut off and have to be dressed in a certain outfit in 25 seconds," Calhoun said. "Get up and do all these extra push-ups and flutter kicks and everything else at 4:15 in the morning day after day after day.

"I don't want to say you're numb, but you'll be able to move into a variety of elements and be able to adapt."

The Wolverines will have to adjust to Air Force's option offense after Alabama overpowered and outran them with a no-frills scheme.

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