Game: Western Michigan University (0-1) vs The University of Michigan (0-1)
When: Noon, 12 PM EST
Where: The Big House, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Line: -28 Michigan
The Wolverines and the Broncos are both coming off losses in their season openers and are looking to get into the win column for the first time in 2018. The two teams have played each other 6 times with the Wolverines coming out on top in all of the games.
The Wolverines had a setback in week one but the only way they are going to ease the pain of that loss is by getting a victory on Saturday against Western Michigan. This is a game that they are favored by 4 touchdowns in but if they are slow out of the gates again they could allow the Broncos to stay in the game. They should look to put points on the board early and often.
The Wolverines defense should be better ready to defend the Broncos at the beginning of the game. If they can get stops early, that could cause the Broncos to try to press as the game progresses.
The Wolverines are going to look to set the tone early and that starts with Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary on the edges. If they can get to the quarterback, they are going to make it a long day for the Broncos.
The Wolverines offense should fare better against the Broncos, a defense that gave up 55 points to Syracuse last week.
The offense is going to start and stop with the offensive line, they had their troubles with Notre Dame’s defensive front last week. If they can hold blocks and allow a pocket to form for Patterson, this offense could put up some points. Last week when Shea had time to throw, he looked great and the offense was moving the ball. If it is more of the same as last week, the offense could struggle to score, leaving the defense to be on the field more than it needs to be.
This could be the week that a Michigan receiver gets into the end zone and I think that will be Nico Collins. He had a good game last week and was getting praise all week from the coaching staff.
The Broncos have a playmaker on offense and his name is D’Wayne Eskridge. He hauled in 8 catches for a ridiculous 240 yards in the opener so he is going to keep the Michigan secondary busy.
The other playmaker for the Broncos is Levante Bellamy the running back that rushed for 120 yards against Syracuse. Look for the Broncos to get Bellamy and Eskridge the ball early with some handoffs and quick passes to get them into the flow of the game. They are going to be needed if the Broncos are to have a chance on offense Saturday.
Ryan Kraus: 38-10 Michigan
Josh Swerdloff: 45-13 Michigan
Jason Ryan: 56-21 Michigan
Rahsaan Norris: 37-17 Michigan
Stephen Chang: 50-14 Michigan
Josh Abear: 28-17 Michigan
Lawrence: 44-10 Michigan