Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Rutgers

The Detroit News

Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo of The Detroit News offer their predictions of the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-Rutgers game.

Angelique S. Chengelis:

Amara Darboh and the Wolverines are 4-1 at home this season.

Michigan’s last two games have come down to the last play, but based on Rutgers’ performances the last two games and the Wolverines outscoring teams 132-14 in four home games, expect that Michigan to show up. Michigan 38-7

Matt Charboneau: Before Michigan lost to Michigan State three weeks ago, it outscored its opponents at home 132-14. Rutgers has lost its last two by a combined 97-17 and will have a hard time doing much better against a Michigan defense that is No. 1 overall in the Big Ten and second in scoring defense. Michigan 31-10

Bob Wojnowski: Michigan’s running game has hit a wall, and its defense wasn’t exactly imposing last week. It’s that stage of the season when nothing comes easily, especially if QB Jake Rudock’s ribs are still hurting. But Rutgers hasn’t put up a fight lately, and it’s unclear if WR Leonte Carroo will be healthy enough to play. After the scare against the Gophers, the Wolverines defense should get its snarl back. Michigan 31-7

John Niyo: Michigan’s starting quarterback is a question mark. But so is Rutgers’ only real offensive threat in Leonte Carroo. The Wolverines should be fine, regardless, with that defensive front. Oh, and that kid from New Jersey’s pretty good, too. Michigan 31-13