2010 Michigan Wolverines Football
Michigan Wolverines vs. Connecticut Huskies Football Preview
The day that every college football fan eagerly waits for is finally within grasp, just two more days! The summer of practice, hard work, and determination has its opportunity to show results. As Michigan fans, we can only hope that the practice, hard work, and determination, actually provides some drastic change and winning results.
The Wolverines do not have an easy opponent in the home football opener as the Connecticut Huskies march into the newly renovated Big House and look to spoil the beginning of Michigan season surrounded by high hopes. With the pressure riding high on Coach Rich Rodriguez, no starting quarterback named, and injuries to an already weak secondary, the Wolverines have their work cut out for them. But, have hope my faithful Maize and Blue!
While this game could easily go either way, Michigan has a few advantages that can really set them apart this game and ignite a promising season. If Michigan plans to win this game, they must prevail in a shootout due to a lack of defensive presence by both teams. The tandems of sophomore Vincent Smith and Junior Michael Shaw in the backfield must come out running like stallions. They have a lot of talent and will hold a great deal of the offensive workload not just in this game, but also for the rest of the season. The Huskies linebackers will have their work cut out for them, but have an equally impressive résumé. Denard Robinson is another huge plus on the Michigan offense. After his impact player performance in the spring game, D-Rob has shown a vast amount of improvement in the passing game and his decision-making. Oh, and do not forget about Shoelace’s ridiculous running ability. Assuming that Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson can dish the ball out to the wide receivers, the deep wide out crew in maize and blue will extend the depths of the offense to levels that will be difficult for the Huskies to contain. Roy Roundtree, Junior Hemingway, Darryl Stonum, and Martavious Odoms lead a fast and more experienced corps of wide receivers. If the running game develops, then the passing game will open up even more and Michigan can run the core of the game with offense.
Defensively is where both of these teams struggle that is why we will see such a shootout. The secondaries are weak for both teams in particular. Michigan will struggle with the stopping the running game because of the giants on the Huskies offensive line. The only real strength in the defense (until the younger players prove themselves) is the group of linebackers led by Obi Ezeh and Craig Roh. These two can pump up the rest of the defense and make some big plays and that is why I will give Michigan the advantage to win this game.
The combination of a newly renovated stadium and somewhere around 108,000 fans including a roaring student section will propel the Wolverines to pick up the W. An emotional and opening game win like this will really get the season rolling right along.
Prediction: Michigan Wolverines 41, Connecticut Huskies 38.
By: Lee Schechter