Saturday, August 25, 2012
Michigan Season Breakdown
Just like I did yesterday, by breaking down the
season and giving my prediction
for the season, today I do the same for the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan State
As I make these predictions, keep in mind I can’t assume injuries, and I am expecting Fitzgerald Toussaint and Frank Clark to sit out the season opener with
Sept. 1 vs.
: Sorry Wolverine
fans, I don’t see this going well. It doesn’t mean that Alabama Michigan
won’t have a good season, it just means the Wolverines aren’t at the Alabama level quite yet.
Sept 8 vs. Air Force: There is some potential for trouble here due to the quirky Air Force offense, but I suspect
will be ready to put on a show in the home opener. (W, 1-1)
Sept. 15 vs. UMass: This shouldn’t be much of a game at all. If it is, that is a bad sign. (W, 2-1)
Sept. 22 at Notre Dame: Notre Dame has payback on the mind, but I think that
Michigan edges the Irish
on the road. The Irish have had problems dealing with Denard Robinson, and I
suspect that will continue. (W, 3-1)
Oct. 6 at Purdue: Purdue should be improving, but not enough to beat
Michigan this year. The Wolverines should be
able to take the Big Ten opener comfortably. (W, 4-1)
Oct. 13 vs.
Illinois: With MSU lurking next week, I see the
potential for a letdown in this game, but I still think Michigan will pull out the win. Tim Beckman will
have a wide-open offense, but I don’t look for the Illinois defense to be able to contain the
Wolverines. (W, 5-1)
Oct. 20 vs.
: If you read my MSU breakdown
already, there is no surprise here. I think Michigan State Michigan ends the losing streak to the
Spartans in a hard-fought game that will come down to a few big plays. (W, 6-1)
Oct. 27 at
Nebraska: Michigan handled
Nebraska last year at home, but the
Cornhuskers are much tougher in Lincoln.
After beating MSU, I see Michigan
having an off day and getting their first Big Ten loss. (L, 6-2)
Nov. 3 at
Minnesota: The loss to Nebraska
will be a wake-up call for the Wolverines and they will come into Minnesota and make a
statement on the Gophers. (W, 7-2)
Nov. 10 vs. Northwestern: Northwestern can be a problem for teams, but the Wildcats are too inconsistent to pull the upset in this one. (W, 8-2)
Nov. 17 vs.
Iowa: Iowa is a team
that has given Michigan
problems in recent history and I expect the same thing in this game. Look for
this game to come down to the wire once again, only Michigan finds the way to win in the home
finale. (W, 9-2)
Nov. 24 at
Ohio State: I
don’t see Michigan
getting this one. The Buckeyes still have some issues, but with the postseason
ban, this is their national title game. Urban Meyer has been very open with his
passion for this game and he will have his team, and the home crowd, ready to
go to war with Michigan.
The Wolverines will be in the game until the end, but come up short. (L, 9-3)
Dec. 1 vs.
Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship): Despite 2 Big Ten
losses, I see Michigan, MSU, Nebraska,
and Iowa all
huddled up in the Legends Division race. Michigan
will get the nod on a tiebreaker. In this game, I see the Badgers having the
edge. They will have an easier road to get to the title game and the experience
of being in the game last year. I think Wisconsin
has the steadier offense that can keep Denard off the field for long periods of
time. (L, 9-4)