Bob Wojnowski, Angelique S. Chengelis and Matt Charboneau preview the UM-Maryland and MSU-Northwestern games this weekend. The Detroit News, The Detroit News
Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's Michigan vs. Maryland game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor (noon, ABC/950 AM).
Angelique S. Chengelis: Maryland, coming off a bye and with an extra week to prepare (just like Northwestern last week), has a tough defense and will test Michigan, so quarterback Shea Patterson needs to be sharp from the start. But on the flip side, the Terps are one-dimensional with a strong rushing attack, and that plays into the hands of Don Brown and his defense. The Wolverines are seventh nationally against the run, yielding an average 86.4 yards per game. My mom says this game will be close, and I should probably listen to her. But when has that ever happened? Michigan, 31-13
Matt Charboneau: The Wolverines are riding high after four straight wins and things get much tougher over the next few weeks, but looking past the Terrapins would not be wise. The Wolverines are the better team but the Terps have been tough, save their loss at home to Temple. They are fourth in the Big Ten scoring and are running for nearly 260 yards a game. It might not add up to an upset, but it might at least get uncomfortable for the Wolverines. Michigan, 31-23
John Niyo: Michigan might go without Rashan Gary in this one, so maybe Maryland gets something done offensively. But the Wolverines have been good about limiting turnovers, which is where the Terps have made a living. Michigan, 30-17
Bob Wojnowski: The Wolverines are in no position to look past anyone, with huge games looming. Maryland beat Texas and has decent athletes and a very good ground game. But the Terps are last in the Big Ten in passing and Michigan’s defense usually handles one-dimensional opponents. The way Maryland can run, the Wolverines are advised not to fall behind again, and also not to commit 11 penalties. Instead of easing into the game, Jim Harbaugh needs to fully utilize Shea Patterson and get the early jump. Michigan, 34-13