Proceed with Caution

This game scares me. There, I said it.

No really. It does. Doesn't it scare you?

Maybe its something about playing at night, which really doesn't bother me much, except its on the road. And its on the road in a resurgent hostile environment. Illinois is a good team all the sudden. Forget what you saw last week against Iowa...that was last week. Iowa played out of their shoes in that game.

Also, forget that Illinois has, whats seems to most people as a QB issue. But the problem for Michigan is that both of their QBs are good. Juice Williams is a great runner, but like most have said, he can't hit the broad-side of a barn with his throws.

The key for Michigan (this is starting to sound like a broken record) is to slow down the spread attack. Like Northwestern, this is a "sorta" spread. A Big Ten spread if you will? Sure.

I guess you could argue that Michigan is getting much better against the spread...hell, we see it almost every week now. But Illinois is pretty fast and can move the ball around pretty good too. That is why I hate games like this. I feel that every time Michigan lines up against the spread, its going to be like Dennis Dixon or Troy Smith all over again.

But...and this is a BIG but...Illinois defense is maybe the worst Michigan will face all year. They have some serious issues in the secondary. Issues like, not enough speed, not enough strength, and not enough height. Michigan has fast, strong and tall receivers. Enough said?

I love Chad Henne in this game....LOVE HIM! Talk about the potential to have a career day. Whether Hart is healthy or not, and lets hope he is, I really don't see Michigan having to rely on this run as much this week. So either Hart or Minor or Carlos Brown should see the ball maybe 20-25 times total...and say maybe 140 years.

Either way, its a nationally televised game in primetime. When is the last time you could say that about a Michigan game? Feels good to be winning again.

And...its in high def...AND not on BTN! Sounds like a bash. Have fun watching and Go Blue!

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