The Michigan football team has completed a quarter of its regular season games. Though they have struggled in their last two games, their record stands at 4-0.
A trouncing of Central Michigan and an impressive win under the lights against rival Notre Dame made it look like the Wolverines were ready to compete for a Big Ten championship. Their next two games, however were a different story. Michigan barely defeated Akron as it took a last second defensive stand near the goal line to escape with the win. In its first road game of the season, Michigan once again had early troubles as it allowed UConn to stay in the game. The Wolverines once again found a way to narrowly win, improving to 4-0.
With last week’s bye, Michigan had an extra week to prepare for the upcoming Big Ten slate. It will open with Minnesota this Saturday and it is also Michigan’s homecoming.
After Minnesota, Michigan will travel to Penn State for an early evening game for its first tough road test. It should be noted that the return of Jake Ryan could come as early as the Penn State week. Indiana comes to Ann Arbor before the Wolverines travel to Michigan State.
The final four games of the season will be a tough stretch for Michigan as they face off against Nebraska, travel to Northwestern and Iowa, and will finish with Ohio State at home.
Through the first four games, Michigan has looked both brilliant and awful, causing concern throughout Wolverine Nation. Much of Michigan’s success rests on the shoulders of quarterback Devin Gardner. Gardner has turned the ball over a number of times this season, helping Michigan’s opponents stay in games. The offensive line has also struggled to block the run effectively as well as protecting Gardner. These are the major concerns so far in the season and if Michigan hopes to make a run for a Big Ten championship, a lot of work has to be done.
I think the games against Northwestern and Ohio State are the most troubling for the Wolverines. Michigan could very well win the rest of their games. As much as I would love for that to happen, my prediction is for Michigan to finish 10-2 this season. Let’s hope I’m wrong!
How do you think Michigan will fare in the final eight games of the season?