Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Utah

The Detroit News

Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their expert opinions on the outcome of the Michigan-Utah game:

Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan has a endured major slip on the road this season but has won twice against sub-par teams. Utah will be Michigan's first real test at home with its up-tempo offense that ranks third nationally in scoring. If Michigan doesn't hurt itself again with turnovers, it should win a close one against Utah, which is 1-8 the last two seasons out of its home state. Michigan 35-31

Matt Charboneau: Michigan got back on the winning track last week against Miami (Ohio), but it was far from a dominant performance. Utah comes to Michigan Stadium with a high-powered offense and will put pressure on the Wolverines to play sound defense and protect the ball on offense. Too many mistakes and Utah could match the victory it recorded over Michigan in 2008. Utah 34-31

Bob Wojnowski: Utah is dangerous, an up-tempo team averaging 57 points (against weak opponents). Michigan's defense must produce big plays, and stop me if you've heard this before: It'll come down to turnovers. The Wolverines need Devin Gardner to be sharp, not reckless, and they need Devin Funchess healthy to match the Utes scoring. Michigan 38-27

John Niyo: We'll see if Michigan's defense can handle the tempo while avoiding big plays. But mostly we'll see if this team can quit playing patty-cake with the football. Michigan 31-21