Michigan vs. Florida Early June Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Michigan vs. Florida fearless prediction and game preview … for early June
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Welcome to the first look and picks for the opening week games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.
Early June First Thought: What’s Going To Happen?
Mr. Zaire, your table is ready.
All Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire has to do is jump-start a mediocre Florida offense against one of the best defenses in the country. If he doesn’t, it’ll just be the fourth loss in four tries against the Wolverines, and the season might be over in the first week.
Two of the mightiest of football powerhouses, Florida and Michigan have only faced off in the brutal 2016 Citrus Bowl (41-7 Wolverines), the 2008 Capital One (Lloyd Carr’s finale over Tim Tebow), and the 2003 Outback Bowl (38-30 Wolverines), but none of those mattered like this one will.
Those other three games were exhibition bowls. This one might define a season in early September.
The first ever regular season matchup between the two, it’ll be the main national showcase on the first full Saturday, with the storylines flying no matter how it shakes out.
If Michigan wins, it’ll have retooled and reloaded in a hurry after losing just about everyone of note but QB Wilton Speight. The excitement will be building considering the not-that-bad schedule – almost all of the tough games are at home, except for dates at Penn State and Wisconsin.
Lose, and it’s uh-oh time, with the Nittany Lions, Badgers and Buckeyes still to deal with, needing to likely be perfect the rest of the way to even think about the College Football Playoff.
Florida might have blown out Iowa to close last year, but for a team – and a head coach in Jim McElwain – needing to start showing it can take on a bigger national role after four straight seasons of four losses or more, it can’t lose this.
Win, and the narrative will be about how the Gator schedule isn’t that bad, with almost all the tough games in Gainesville. Lose, and the dates with Tennessee, LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State – along with the Cocktail Party gathering against Georgia – will seem too daunting.
Both defenses should dominate.
Once again, Florida has an amazing secondary that shouldn’t drop off too much, if at all, even after a second straight season of giving away most of the talent to the NFL.
If Zaire is really that good, and there’s a running game this year, Florida might have just enough balance to pull this off.
But even with all the losses on the defensive side, Michigan might make the Gator offense look like … the Gator offense under McElwain.
The line will be fantastic, the linebacking corps fine, and to keep this simple, the running game should power away under the young group of ultra-talented receivers are ready.
The last time Florida lost a season opener? Ole Miss 24, Gators 19 – in 1989.
But 0-3 vs. the Wolverines becomes 0-4, thanks to a defense that’ll pitch a gem against Zaire. Speight will struggle, but the offense will be just balanced enough to get past a rocky first quarter for one of Jim Harbaugh’s biggest wins yet – at least as the Michigan head man.
Michigan vs. Florida Early June Prediction
Michigan 23, Florida 16
Early June Line
ATS Confidence: 2
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