Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Hawaii

The Detroit News

Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-Hawaii game.

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Angelique S. Chengelis: Everyone will be waiting to see who’s taking the first snap at quarterback, and that person likely will spend most of the game handing off. Michigan will run the ball. And run the ball, giving carries to a lot of different running backs. No need to get fancy. Michigan 41-3

Matt Charboneau: The Rainbow Warriors come in with a game under their belt, but that should hardly matter against the Wolverines and a defense that should stifle a well-traveled Hawaii team. The closest thing to drama is wondering if Michigan covers the massive spread, something that might be tough as it works in a new quarterback. It becomes even tougher when the Wolverines keep things close to the vest and run the ball early and often behind a solid offensive line. Michigan 45-10

John Niyo: Hawaii has come a long way, but Michigan’s new starting quarterback should feel right at home against that defense. And I expect we’ll see plenty of flashes of the defensive playmaking — Hello, Rashaun Gary — that’ll be a hallmark of this Michigan team as well. Michigan 55-17

Bob Wojnowski: The potentially dominant Wolverines defense has one key area it must improve — forcing turnovers. It’ll get the chance against the ragged Rainbow Warriors and senior QB Ikaika Woolsey, who’s prone to interceptions. For the first few weeks, it’s not overly important who starts at quarterback for Michigan, although odds are it’ll be Wilton Speight. The competition could rage on, although it won’t rage long in the opener. Michigan 52-10

Michigan vs. Hawaii preview: Covering spread not priority