Bob Wojnowski, Angelique S. Chengelis and Matt Charboneau preview Week 2 games: Michigan vs. Western Michigan and Michigan State vs. Arizona State. The Detroit News
Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their prediction on the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-Western Michigan game at Michigan Stadium (noon, FS1/950 AM).
Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan’s offense will have a chance to work on every phase against a suspect Western Michigan defense. It’s hard to imagine the Wolverines’ defense will have a similar start to last week’s game at Notre Dame. Still, the Broncos’ offensive line is nothing to overlook. Michigan should handle this and get their home opening win. Michigan, 35-10
Matt Charboneau: Michigan won’t make any changes up front along the offensive line, and that might not be the best move in the long-term, but against a Western Michigan defense that allowed 55 points last week to Syracuse, it might not matter. Expect the Wolverines to feel a lot better about themselves after this one on both sides of the ball. Michigan, 38-14
John Niyo: Neither team started well last week, but Michigan has way too much talent on defense and no excuses if the offensive line struggles this week against a MAC opponent that allowed 334 yards rushing to Syracuse a week ago. Michigan, 34-14
Bob Wojnowski: Michigan needs to figure out quickly what it can do well offensively, and then let Shea Patterson do it. The line is an issue, obviously, but Patterson’s mobility is supposed to be a possible solution. The Broncos’ defense surrendered 55 points to Syracuse, so the opportunities will be there. Jim Harbaugh and his staff need to show more urgency, because tougher games aren’t far away. Michigan, 40-10