Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Florida State
Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Friday's Michigan-Florida State Orange Bowl game.
Angelique S. Chengelis: The loss to Ohio State still lingers for Michigan, as well as missing out on the College Football Playoff. This is a motivated bunch that has been preparing for this "business-trip" bowl game the same way they prepared for their first bowl under coach Jim Harbaugh last year. They saw how that benefited them with a blowout of Florida, and they're hoping for the same type of result against Florida State on Friday night. FSU back Dalvin Cook is a beast and has all the attention of the defense, but do the Seminoles' have the depth to challenge Michigan's veteran group? Michigan 27-17
Matt Charboneau: Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is an explosive runner who can quickly change the look of any game, however, he’ll be going up against arguably the best defense in the nation, one that allows only 3.14 yards per carry. If Wilton Speight and the Michigan offense take care of the ball, the Wolverines should be in position to end their season with a win and maybe move past the disappointing loss to close the regular season at Ohio State. Michigan 31-17
John Niyo: Michigan's still motivated, and that defense is still capable of wreaking havoc. Especially against a Florida State team that has had more than it's share of struggles protecting a talented young quarterback. But there's still enough big-play ability in the Seminoles' backfield — Dalvin Cook's the best player the Wolverines have faced all season — to make this a game. Maybe even one of the more entertaining ones this weekend. Michigan 31-23
Bob Wojnowski: Florida State’s QB-RB combo — Deondre Francois and Dalvin Cook — will test Michigan’s defense as severely as it’s been tested all year. The Wolverines’ late offensive stumbles were partly a function of Wilton Speight’s shoulder injury, and Speight should be healthier. The question is, will Michigan’s offensive line handle Florida State’s pressure? I expect the Wolverines to bring their own heat with Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley, and a couple big turnovers will be the difference. Michigan 33-24