Michigan vs. Minnesota Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Michigan vs. Minnesota fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan (6-2) vs. Minnesota (4-4) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 4th
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
The Little Brown Jug game might not mean a whole lot for the Big Ten title chase, but both teams need a big performance – for vastly different reasons.
Can Michigan keep improving offensively? With Brandon Peters coming through as the new main main at quarterback, he needs to use this week against the Gophers and next week against Maryland to keep improving and show the potential to be a bigger playmaker.
It’s not like these are total tune-ups, but with Wisconsin and Ohio State to close, the Wolverines have two games to get ready for the big boys.
But nothing would make the Minnesota season like a massive win on the road.
It’s been a grind in P.J. Fleck’s first season, and now his Gophers have to win two of the final four games – Nebraska, at Northwestern and Wisconsin are next – to go bowling.
Whatever – no bowl would do more for the program than winning the Jug.
One Reason Why Michigan Will Win
Yeah, Peters was fantastic against Rutgers – completing 10-of-14 passes for 124 yards and a score – but it was the running game that took over.
Karan Higdon ran for 158 yards and two scores, and Ty Isaac added 109 of the team’s 339 yards. As long as the line can blast away and keep on taking the pressure off of Peters, the offense will work.
As long as the ground attack is solid, and as long as there aren’t a slew of turnovers, the defense should take care of the rest against a Minnesota team that can’t throw the ball a lick.
Against Iowa last week, Demry Croft completed just 9-of-29 passes with a pick.
The Wolverines are going to tee off on Gopher backs Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks.
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
Minnesota doesn’t beat itself.
It doesn’t get killed by turnovers, the defense is good at taking the ball away, and there aren’t a whole slew of flags – the Gophers are second in the nation in fewest penalties.
Minnesota has to somehow use its great offensive line to grind out drives. Croft won’t carry the offense, but if he can hit a few big plays here and there, and if the ground game can be just effective enough to control the clock, the defense should be able to keep the game close.
The Gopher D doesn’t get gouged – it just needs a little help.
What’s Going To Happen
Minnesota’s offense won’t move.
The Michigan running game will take control as the game goes on, Peters will be fine, and the defense will stuff the Gophers throughout.
The Minnesota defense will keep the game from getting out of hand, but there won’t be enough prediction in key moments from the offense to take advantage of the few opportunities to get back in the game.
Michigan vs. Minnesota Prediction
Michigan 27, Minnesota 10
Michigan -15.5, o/u: 41
1: Anything Fun or Bite Size …
Must See Rating
5: Game 5
1: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown …