Michigan Opens Against Western Michigan

By Doug Ross

Never Eat Shredded Wheat.  That’s how I was taught as a toddler to remember north, east, south and west.  Michigan football is back, and that means a few games versus directional schools are indeed back too.  The Broncos are one of Michigan’s kid brothers, and may be the perfect team for this defense to start off against.  The Broncos boast a high-powered passing attack led by Alex Carder.  Unfortunately for the squad, they offer no running game.  This will give the Michigan defense an opportunity to attack the quarterback.  If Craig Roh, Ryan Van Bergen and company can get some early sacks and pressure, it may jump-start this defense for the rest of the season.  A lot rests on the shoulders of the Michigan passing defense, which was porous a year ago.  Western Michigan finished bowl eligible last season, finishing with a 6-6 record, but did not make a bowl game.  They have a pretty stout defense, giving up less than 200 points last year, while the Michigan defense let up well over 300 points.  However, Michigan pummeled MAC member Bowling Green last season, who are likely to be in the same class as Western Michigan.

I expect to see a lower scoring first half, and then Michigan will blow it open in the second half.  Expect a 13-10 or so first half, and about a 34-13 finish.  The spread in this affair is around 14 points, so I expect Michigan to cover easily.

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