August 26, 2014 at 1:00 am

Angelique S. Chengelis' game-by-game predictions for Michigan

Will Devin Funchess and the Wolverines be able to hurdle the Buckeyes. Ohio State has won nine of the last 10 games in the series. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News sees the Wolverines going 10-2 in the regular season, with losses against Michigan State and Ohio State.

Aug. 30 vs. Appalachian State (noon, ESPN2)

By the time this game comes around, everyone will have relived multiple times -- reluctantly, from the Michigan side -- the Mountaineers’ monumental upset victory in 2007. But that’s when Appalachian State had won three straight FCS titles and was dominating the Southern Conference. The Mountaineers were 4-8 last season and will be young this season, although the offensive line will be experienced. Prediction: Win

Sept. 6 at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m., NBC)

Quarterback Everett Golson is back and starting after sitting out last season for academic reasons, but now the Irish are in the midst of an academic scandal that has four significant players held out. That will make an enormous difference. It’s a night game to mark the finale of the series, emotions will be high, and it will be a close one. Prediction: Win

Sept. 13 vs. Miami of Ohio (3:30 p.m., BTN)

Chuck Martin has said among his reasons for taking the Miami job was to be part of the “Cradle of Coaches.” He inherited a team that went 0-12 last season; former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell was fired after an 0-5 start. He was 8-21 during his tenure with his alma mater. Miami won’t be much improved this season. Prediction: Win

Sept. 20 vs. Utah (time and TV TBA)

Kyle Whittingham has a who’s who of coaches on his staff -- Dave Christensen, the former Wyoming coach, is the new offensive coordinator; Dennis Erickson, the former Miami and Arizona State coach, is running backs coach; and ex-Purdue standout and NFL veteran receiver Taylor Stubblefield is coaching receivers. Travis Wilson appears to have won a tough battle for the No. 1 QB job against Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson. Prediction: Win

Sept. 27 vs. Minnesota (time and TV TBA)

Mitch Leidner had no doubt entering preseason camp he would be the No. 1 quarterback for the Gophers, so that has given the offense stability. Find some playmaking receiving targets for him, and hand off the ball to David Cobb, and the Gophers should be fine. The Minnesota defense should be solid despite a few key losses. This could be a tough game for the Wolverines but they get the edge at home. Prediction: Win

Oct. 4 at Rutgers (7 p.m., BTN)

The Scarlet Knights were 6-7 last season and are embarking on their first season in the Big Ten. They return nine starters on offense and made quick work of determining the quarterback situation going with senior veteran early in preseason camp. Gary Nova regained his starting job six practices in and he has a capable backup in Chris Laviano. Rutgers needs to improve on its pass defense, but the offensive line should be solid. Prediction: Win

Oct. 11 vs. Penn State (ESPN or ESPN2)

The Nittany Lions should have any issues with the offensive line sorted out by mid-October. Christian Hackenberg, who already has shown what a talent he is at quarterback, returns, as does a loaded backfield, including Zach Zwinak. Linebacker could be a question mark. This is coach James Franklin’s first season -- can he pull off the win in the night game at Michigan Stadium? Prediction: Win

Oct. 25 at Michigan State (time and TV TBA)

Michigan will make its second straight trip to East Lansing and the Wolverines can only hope things aren’t as ugly as they were last year, when they got manhandled. MSU went 13-1 last season with a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl victory. Connor Cook returns at quarterback, but MSU has a few key losses on defense. This one should be closer than last year. Prediction: Loss

Nov. 1 vs. Indiana (3:30 p.m., TV TBA)

The Hoosiers have an explosive offense, which was on display last year against Michigan. Indiana, which finished last in the Big Ten in total defense last season for the third straight season, has a new defensive coordinator in Brian Knorr. If Indiana can find a defense that can complement its offense, the Hoosiers will be on their way. But it won’t be this year. Prediction: Win

Nov. 8 at Northwestern (time and TV TBA)

Northwestern suffered some personnel blows in preseason camp. Running back Venric Mark, a skilled playmaker in the backfield and in the return game, decided to transfer, and wide receiver Christian Jones was lost to a season-ending knee injury. The offense was already going to have a bit of a different look with Trevor Siemian running the show, but these are key losses. Prediction: Win

Nov. 22 vs. Maryland (time and TV TBA)

The Terrapins, in their first season in the Big Ten, return 18 starters from last year’s team that went 7-6. Can coach Randy Edsall have them ready to play in a new league against new opponents? That might take some time. Prediction: Win

Nov. 29 at Ohio State (time and TV TBA)

Ohio State was 12-0 before losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. The Buckeyes, who have made a habit of reloading, will by this point have figured out how to replace four starters on defense and tweak the offensive line. The big issue will be the performance of Braxton Miller’s replacement, presumably J.T. Barrett. Prediction: Loss

Overall: 10-2

Big Ten: 6-2