Michigan football should have a significantly different mood set by Saturday evening this week.
The Michigan football team is taking on Western Michigan this week on the gridiron. The game is at noon Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Both teams dropped their opening games for the season. The game will be televised on FS1. The radio broadcast will be on WWJ-AM (950)
For the Wolverines, wide receiver Tarik Black and punter Brad Robbins are out. Quarterback Brandon Peters and wide receiver Nate Schoenle are questionable. Linebacker Devin Bush Jr. is probable. For the Broncos, running back Davon Tucker is listed as questionable.
The Wolverines should be able to move the ball on the ground. The Broncos gave up 334 rushing yards to Syracuse. This is not the same kind of stout defensive line that the Wolverines faced vs. Notre Dame. Shea Patterson may also actually get some time to deliver the ball.
The Wolverines defense will need to watch out for wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge who lit up Syracuse for 240 yards receiving in the Broncos season opener. They will also face one of their former players, Drake Harris, who is playing his final year of eligibility at WMU as a graduate transfer. The 6’4″ Harris never got his game together at Michigan and came up with only one catch on eight targets in the WMU opener, but he is still a potentially dangerous red zone threat.
This is a badly needed respite for the Wolverines. WMU shouldn’t even offer a token resistance to a ranked FBS team. On both sides of the ball, the only limiting factor to the Wolverines success should be their own coaches calling off the dogs.
If I were the Broncos, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been called many things over the years. I do not recall “a nice man” having been bandied about very often.
Oddsshark.com lists the consensus over/under at 56.5 and the Wolverines are listed as 28 point favorites. I’m taking the over, despite the fact that the scoring should be incredibly one-sided.