Although it took me damn near the whole week to get over the thrashing the Wolverines took in Dallas, I am here once again to tell you why our Wolverines will bounce back! Michigan will not be discouraged but through proper motivation, will prevail.
Now Air Force is no creme puff!
They’re not technically on the same level talent wise as Michigan, but can put up some impressive numbers if given the chance. They are a quality program lead by a coach and innovator of the option run game, Troy Calhoun. This team will run, run and run some more with their stout tough-as-nails running back.
Currently after the first week of play, the Air Force running game is #1 in the nation putting up 484 yards against Idaho State. Air Force also has an agile quarterback Connor Dietz who is somewhat of a Denard clone who can earn yards running the ball when the opportunity presents itself. And Air Force has the best fullback core in the nation.This will be no easy task, especially if Brady Hoke’s team plays anything like they did last week.
Denard Robinson must rebound from last week’s performance and his team must shake off that lashing as quick as possible and move forward. Offensive coordinator Al Borges stated publicly that he would run the same game-plan again against Alabama if given the chance. Well, let’s hope he devises a new one for Air Force.
The Air Force defense should allow for much more room for the Michigan offense to create and should present, no WILL present much less of a challenge for Denard and the running game. Michigan will also look for a boost in production on the ground with the return of suspended senior Fitz Toussaint.
And as for the Greg Mattison defense, let’s just leave it with the fact that I expect the entire unit to meet the challenge ahead of them and that I in no way expect to see anything like what was witnessed last Saturday night. Kovacs will lead the way and Gordon, Morgan, Roh, Ryan, Campbell and the rest should put The Big House on lock-down come this weekend.
Team meetings and individuals pushing themselves and teammates when coaches reach allotted NCAA time would be a plus also.
If “The Team” wants to keep their BCS, Big Ten and possibly Rose Bowl dreams alive the time is now to make a statement. It’s a new year and already the year looks much different than the last.
The Wolverines can’t live on last year’s success. Brady Hoke, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and offensive coordinator Al Borges along with the rest of the staff need to develop a quality game plan for Saturday or this team might be in big trouble in 2012. And I expect that they will do just that!
In the end though, Air Force had a great game one performance and can put up some big numbers if allowed. Yet due to a loss of depth and stars at key positions and due to the fact that the Air Force defense surrendered 431 total yards to the Bengals, I am calling for Michigan to earn their first win of the year…handily!
Prediction: Michigan – 38, Air Force – 21
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Last week’s prediction: Michigan – 31, Bama – 28
Season Prediction Record: 0-1