Illinois Game Prediction

What a difference the bye week makes. Michigan went from a turnover machine generating a mere 6 points, to scoring 44, and frankly it should have been more.

Illinois comes to town, riding a 3 game losing streak, and quite honestly, first year head coach Tim Beckman is coaching for his job. While injuries have played a factor, it seems hard to believe that in spite of all their talent, particularly on defense, that they just aren’t a competitive team. Things started going south 3 weeks ago when Illinois got rolled 52-24, and subsequent beatings by Penn State and Wisconsin have them reeling.

There’s no doubt there is talent there, but insiders say Beckman has failed to get his team to buy into his system. We’ve seen that script a little closer to home.

With Sparty coming to town next week, there’s always a chance for a let down, but I don’t see that affecting the outcome of this one.

Michigan has struggled all year trying to mount a sustained rushing attack from the tailback position, but Denard has been forced to carried the load.

Expect Michigan to continue to run the football, but this week the running backs become more involved. Last week I predicted the Michigan would control the ball 35 minutes, and it was just about dead on. I see more of the same (or even greater) with Fitz and Sophomore Thomas Rawls becoming more successful this week.

The defense continues to improve, and keeps Illinois on their heels.

A couple late scores makes the game closer than it was. Michigan 45 ILL 17.

What To Watch: Week One

The college football season is finally upon us. After a long drama filled off-season fans can finally kick back and watch their teams making headlines on the field. Michigan fans will have one of the longest waits in the country to watch their team open the season. Week 1 offenses a buffet of games stretching from Thursday to Monday that’s sure to appease even the most malnourished CFB fan.

Here are the games that will make for the best television of week 1.Marcus Lattimore - Orlando Sentinel

Thursday, August 30, 2012

South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt

7:00pm, ESPN

This is not your father’s Vanderbilt. The young and always brash James Franklin leads a swagger filled Vandy squad against the Ol Ball Coach and one of the top running backs in the country in Marcus Lattimore.

Washington State vs. BYU

10:15pm, ESPN

Mike Leach makes his triumphant return to college football in a game that is sure to leave those who like defense shaking their heads. BYU returns 14 starters off of a team that won 10 games a year ago.

Friday, August 31, 2012

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2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

The torrid pace the Wolverines set in February has finally slowed a tad since we last talked, but they did add Gareon Conley, Michael McCray and DeVeon Smith in March.

#1 Michigan Banner 16 Commits

    The torrid pace the Wolverines set in February has finally slowed a tad since we last talked, but they did add Gareon Conley, Michael McCray and DeVeon Smith in March.

#2 Ohio State Banner 5 Commits

     Urban Meyer’s first full class as OSU’s head man is turning out to be a very high quality one, led by athlete Jalin Marshall.

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