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Ever since Jim Harbaugh returned to campus as the Michigan Wolverines head coach, his team inherited hype. This year continues that trend. Harbaugh’s won 30 games in his four years in Ann Arbor, but fans are asking for more. Poor performances against Ohio State and Michigan State leave unfinished business every year, and changes needed to be made. Harbaugh hired Josh Gattis from Alabama to revive the offense, which was a change that needed to be made. Defensive coordinator Don Brown produces Top 5 defenses yearly, and those efforts sometimes go to waste. It’s playoff or bust for both Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines, and overreactions will occur if the offense stumbles.
How to watch: Big Ten Network
Start time: 6:30pm CT
Line: Michigan -35
Location: Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, MI)
Michigan Wolverines to watch
QB Shea Patterson
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
WR Nico Collins
LB Khaleke Hudson
CB Lavert Hill
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to watch
RB Chaton Mobley
WR Ty Lee
S Reed Blankenship
Why Michigan wins
Plain and simple, Michigan wins because they’re the better team. They also need a strong start. Middle Tennessee doesn’t belong in the same sentence as the Michigan Wolverines, but Michigan needs to prove that. Getting off to a fast start builds a ton of confidence for Shea Patterson and the offense. It also gives the defense time to incorporate new faces in the starting lineup. If Michigan’s a playoff team, this should be a breeze.
Why Middle Tennessee wins
Rick Stockstill is a fun coach to cheer for, but he won’t have his son running the show. Middle Tennessee doesn’t stand much of a chance in this one, but they can showcase what their program can do. Ty Lee will be a great fantasy player in Conference USA play, but will find it tough to get open against the Wolverines secondary.
Like we said, a playoff worthy Michigan team wins this one no problem. They need to finally justify the hype this year or it may never happen. There’s never been a shortage in talent on the roster, but it needs to translate into big wins. MICHIGAN 49 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 7