Detroit News columnists John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski, joined by Matt Charboneau, Angelique Chengelis and Lynn Henning, on MSU's game against Notre Dame and Michigan's contest with Colorado.
Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-Colorado game.
Angelique S. Chengelis: This is the first test for the Wolverines, who are nearly three-touchdown favorites. Colorado has the nation’s top-rated defense but hasn’t played anybody, and it has a quick-pace offensive tempo like Central Florida and has put up a lot of points (against nobody). Michigan gave up a few huge plays to Central Florida but didn’t seem too affected by that. The forecast says rain. Michigan 31-13
Matt Charboneau: Michigan has yet to see any significant competition, but that changes this week with Colorado coming to town for the just the second time since Kordell Stewart broke the Wolverines hearts. Buffaloes QB Sefo Liufau has been pretty effective as a dual-threat, and the defense has forced five turnovers the first two games. The Buffaloes, however, haven’t seen a team like the Wolverines, and pulling the upset at Michigan Stadium will be too much to ask. Michigan 38-14
Bob Wojnowski: Colorado and Michigan have thrashed lesser opponents, so it’s hard to separate perception from reality. The Buffaloes definitely are improved, and senior QB Sefo Liufau runs a wide-open offense. Wilton Speight has been terrific for the Wolverines, but the offensive line and running game have to be more effective. Jim Harbaugh will unveil a few more wrinkles, and after a slow start, Michigan will start pounding. Michigan 45-20
John Niyo: Neither team has faced a serious challenge yet. But Michigan did get tested by Central Florida’s pace, so they should be prepared for Colorado’s tempo and it’s dual-threat quarterback. The Buffaloes probably aren’t ready for this kind of attacking defense, however, and it’ll show. Michigan 38-17