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Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. BYU

The Detroit News

Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-BYU game at Michigan Stadium.

Angelique S. Chengelis:

Strong play by safety Jabrill Peppers and the rest of the Michigan secondary will be key against BYU.

Michigan’s defense has played well through three weeks, but the Cougars have a tough, elusive quarterback in Tanner Mangum, and big, talented receivers and this might be the biggest test for the Wolverines. BYU is susceptible to the run, so Michigan will have to try to attack that way. BYU 21-17

Matt Charboneau: BYU freshman QB Tanner Mangum was forced into duty in the opener and responded with a game-winning pass on the final play at Nebraska and leading a victory over Boise State. He has also thrown a TD pass in all three games while RB Adam Hine is averaging a 6.1 yards a carry. Michigan’s running attack should have its share of success against the BYU defense that allowed nearly 300 yards last week against UCLA. The key, once again, will be which team hangs on to the ball, and that gives the nod to the Cougars. BYU 27-20

Bob Wojnowski: BYU has overcome the odds — losing its starting quarterback, heaving Hail Marys — and is ranked for a reason, despite a one-point loss at UCLA. Freshman QB Tanner Mangum is dangerous, and we’ll find out if the Michigan defense is as good as it thinks. Jim Harbaugh strongly backed QB Jake Rudock, as he should. But if the Wolverines want a whiff of legitimacy, this is a game their defense has to win. Michigan 24-17

John Niyo: The recipe is pretty simple: Limit BYU’s big plays, avoid turnovers and then pray there’s no Hail Mary finish. The way Michigan’s secondary played last week, maybe this wouldn’t be such an upset. Michigan 20-17