MVictorsEarlier today, Angelique S. Chengelis, Michigan beat writer for the The Detroit News gave her rundown and prediction for each Michigan opponent coming up this fall. We here are Maize & Blue Nation have a ton of respect for Angelique, so I was slightly taken back by her 10-2 regular season prognostication.
Not because I think she's
But Michigan's schedule, albeit a rather lousy home slate, is actually pretty tame. Winnable games abound, especially at home. And as it's been the case since Brady Hoke arrived three years ago, Michigan's fate will lie in its ability to win on the road.
Let's give it a go, shall we?
Game 1: Appalachian State
This ain't going to go down like it did 7 years ago (...please college football Gods). That Appy State team was unstoppable in the FCS…winning 3 titles in a row. They were the Alabama of the football championship subdivision. This Appy State team is a far cry from that. And while I still contend that there's zero upside to playing a game like this, Michigan rolls.
Game 2: @ Notre Dame
Everett Golson is back for the Irish as QB after a year on academic probation. If Brady Hoke and Michigan are going to kick their road woes, this is a great place to do it. The final Michigan-Notre Dame matchup for the foreseeable future should be a classic battle. Its gonna be a real shame to see this series die. I foresee Notre Dame winning in a squeaker.
Game 3: Miami (not that Miami)
The Redhawks were 0-12 last year. Michigan gets back into winning record territory with a comfortable win while cutting the MAC a giant check. Seriously though, how funny would it be if they actually had to pay them with a giant novelty check at midfield after the game. A photo op and everything. I'm on board.
Game 4: Utah
Kyle Whittingham has a who's who of coaches on his staff -- Dave Christensen, the ex-Wyoming coach, is the new offensive coordinator; Dennis Erickson, the ex-Miami and Arizona State coach, is running backs coach; and ex-Purdue standout and NFL veteran Taylor Stubblefield is coaching receivers.