Detroit News predictions: Michigan-Minnesota

The Detroit News

Angelique S. Chengelis: No surprise here, but Minnesota loves to run the ball. The Gophers average 236.2 yards rushing led by David Cobb. Michigan, however, has been strong against the run, yielding an average 80.2 yards rushing. Can Michigan win with, perhaps, a new starting quarterback? Michigan 24-17

Matt Charboneau: Minnesota is a one-dimensional offense that comes in averaging better than 230 yards on the ground but Michigan is third in the Big Ten in rushing defense, allowing 80.2 yards. If the Wolverines defense continues to play is well as it has and whoever plays quarterback can at least hang on to the ball, Michigan should be able to get back in the win column. Michigan 27-24

Bob Wojnowski: The offense is a mess but the Wolverines defense has been solid, especially against the run. That's fortunate, because the Gophers have their own offensive issues and just run run run, completing only one pass last week. No matter who starts at quarterback, Michigan should control this one. Michigan 27-9

John Niyo: Minnesota completed one pass last week against San Jose State. So long as Michigan's quarterback doesn't target too many Gophers, the Wolverines should hang on to the Little Brown Jug. Michigan 24-17