TV Schedule: Saturday, November 7, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Stadium: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Line: Michigan (-25)
Michigan is coming off of the emotional high of a 29-26 defeat against Minnesota. It wasn’t just any close game though. Michigan ended Minnesota’s upset hopes on a goal line stand. Rutgers is not Minnesota. They do things like spike the ball on fourth down. Needless to say, the Wolverines have nothing to worry about this weekend.
There was concern that Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock may have to miss Saturday’s game after leaving the Minnesota game. That issue has been put to rest by offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, per 247sports.com. Although Rudock has not exactly lit up the stat sheet this season, his presence is valuable. It looks like Michigan is permanently giving up on running back Ty Isaac as he is off the depth chart completely this week, per NBCSports.com.
Michigan’s defense dominated through the first six games of the year, ranking in the top five in every major statistical category. These last two games they have been pummeled, giving up a combined 53 points and 847 yards. They should be getting back to their dominating ways this week against an anemic Rutgers offense that has been outscored 97-17 the past two weeks.
And there’s no way anyone on that Michigan team has forgotten about losing to Rutgers last year in Piscataway. It might have been the low point of their entire season. I expect a blowout in this one.
Prediction: Michigan 38, Rutgers 6