Both teams have been dominant over the first two weeks, and now it’s a prove-it game for both. Check out the Michigan vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan vs. Colorado Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Why Colorado Will Win
Has Colorado really turned a corner after so many problems and so little production under Mike McIntyre? It’s his fourth year, and if the first two games are any indication, everything he’s been building for is finally starting to work with his Buffs winning their first two games by a combined score of 100-14.
Fine, so Colorado State has issues and Idaho State sucks, but still, Colorado has cranked up the machine and the offense is working with two near-perfect performances.
Sefo Liufau is a senior leader and veteran who knows the offense, won’t have an issue dealing with the Big House atmosphere, and is in perfect tune with his attack hitting 75% of his throws with 120 rushing yards and a score. As amazing as Michigan has been so far, the run defense has been just okay, and now it’ll have to keep Liufau from taking off.
A rock so far, the veteran Colorado defense has been a killer behind the line with three sacks and ten tackles for loss – the linebacking corps has been flying around over the first two games. For the first time all year, Michigan QB Wilton Speight will be under pressure.
Why Michigan Will Win
Again, slow that Colorado roll in a big, big way considering the competition so far. The Buffs are absolutely better and they’re improved enough to provide a fight, but Michigan’s about to take control with a power style the Buff defensive front hasn’t seen so far in any way – this game is on the Wolverine O line.
13 different Michigan players have positive rushing yards so far – everyone’s getting a chance in the blowouts – taking all the heat off of Wilton Speight. He’s been hit a little bit, but he’s getting plenty of time to let the downfield plays develop, and he’s connecting completing 70% of his throws with seven scores and just one pick.
The scary part is that he’s only going to get better. There were a few misfires against UCF that he’s not going to miss as the season goes on.
Colorado hasn’t been screwing up so far, but Michigan has been air-tight, too, committing just five penalties with the lone turnover coming on the one bad Speight interception to get the Hawaii game going. The Buffs need a slew of Wolverine mistakes to pull this off, and they won’t get them.
What’s Going To Happen?
Boulder is nestled right between the mountains and reality – reality will hit hard in Ann Arbor.
Michigan hasn’t been perfect. The punting game needs to be better, and the run defense could be a wee bit tighter, but whatever – the Wolverines have been nearly perfect so far. Liufau, though, will have his moments, pushing the Michigan secondary around a bit for just enough big throws to keep the heat on, but there won’t be any drama.
This is a good Colorado team, but these aren’t the Kordell Stewart/Michael Westbrook Buffaloes. There won’t be any magic at the end.
Michigan vs. Colorado Prediction
Final Score: Michigan 40, Colorado 17
Line: Michigan -20.5, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence: 5: Vegas, Now – 1: Talk To Wife … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Hell or High Water – 1: This Is Us … 3