Michigan vs. Western Michigan fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan (0-1) vs. Western Michigan (0-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Western Michigan Will Win
In theory, the Michigan offense is supposed to be better. Maybe it had a bad day against a strong Notre Dame defense, or maybe it really isn’t all that good.
The offensive line didn’t generate any sort of a push against the Irish, and there wasn’t any sort of a running game to work around.
The Syracuse defense might not be anything terrific, but WMU showed off an offense to get fired up about. Jon Wassink is healthy and dangerous, throwing for 329 yards and three scores, and D’Wayne Eskridge cranked up eight catches for 240 yards and two scores.
The Broncos have an offense. Michigan … ?
One Reason Why Michigan Will Win
Western Michigan’s offense was phenomenal against Syracuse. The defense?
The Orange O put up 560 and 55 points, including 334 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Michigan, my man, THIS is when this offense thing has to get going.
The WMU defense will be fine as the season goes on – Syracuse is just that dangerous offensively – but for the much-maligned attack that went nowhere for long stretches in South Bend, this is when the running game has to work.
Lost in the loss to the Irish was a great day from the Michigan D. There were a few big plays early on, but it kept the game alive. The line is about to do what Syracuse couldn’t on a regular basis and get to Wassink.
What’s Going To Happen
Western Michigan is about to be on the bad end of a bad eight months and one week for Michigan.
The Wolverines will press a little bit early, but then everything will open up and everyone will see what the Shae Patterson fuss was about.
There will still be a few concerns about the Michigan line and the ground game, but Patterson will put up big numbers, there will actually be third down conversions and a few big things happening down the field, and everyone will finally be able to R-E-L-A-X.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Michigan 45, Western Michigan 13
Line: Michigan -28, o/u: Western Michigan -56.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2
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