Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Florida

The Detroit News

Angelique S. Chengelis, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the outcome of Friday's Michigan-Florida Citrus Bowl game.

Jake Rudock

Angelique Chengelis: Michigan’s matchup against Florida will be about two strong defenses, but more importantly, which offense can find an edge and take advantage. The Wolverines must contain speedy Gators sophomore QB Treon Harris, who has thrown for 200 yards once in six games but can be dangerous if he breaks containment. Michigan QB Jake Rudock made steady improvement the second half, and this game hinges on his performance. Michigan’s mantra this bowl season has been about getting to 10 wins; Florida wants to snap a two-game skid. Michigan 21-14

Bob Wojnowski: Michigan’s defense was exposed as the season wore on, so it helps that Florida’s offense is awful. The game will be decided on the other side, where Jake Rudock has become the Wolverines’ best offensive player for the Wolverines. He’ll need to be sharp because the Gators defense is nasty good, and the Wolverines still don’t have much of a running game. A 9-3 record in Jim Harbaugh’s first season is a success, but it’d be sullied if Michigan doesn’t tack on a bowl win. Michigan 20-13

John Niyo: Florida’s shaky offense took another hit with an academic suspension last week. And while the Wolverines may not have Jabrill Peppers’ playmaking ability, they’ve got enough to hold the Gators in check. The Wolverines have enough weapons in the passing game — Jake Butt should play a pivotal role — to secure their first win over an SEC opponent since the end of the Lloyd Carr era. Michigan 20-13