Saturday, October 15, 2005

Penn State/Michigan Preview

Game Prediction
This week, Michigan takes on a team with the following characteristics:
  1. A very good defense
  2. A young, mobile quarterback with a questionable arm
  3. A playmaking freshman cornerback who almost picked Michigan and is used on offense too
  4. An emerging stud WR
  5. A decent but not spectacular rushing game

I could be talking about Ohio State last season, but of course Michigan plays Penn State this week. In my opinion, the similarities are uncanny. The big difference is that Michigan is at home in a must win game instead of down in the pit of hell. Still, I can't in good conscience pick Michigan as Penn State is a much better football team. Chad Henne will be pressured early and often and Mike Hart will struggle to find running room. Michigan should get the ball back late with an opportunity to win, but they will ultimately fall short in heartbreaking fashion. Make it Penn State 17, Michigan 9.

Stat Projections
Chad Henne 15-29, 175 yards
Michael Hart 25 carries, 75 yards
Garrett Rivas 3-4 FG

Michael Robinson 10-17, 95 yards, Int

Other game predictions
Notre Dame 35, USC 31
Texas 38, Colorado 21
Michigan State 27, Ohio State 17
LSU 24, Florida 21
Minnesota 17, Wisconsin 14

Last Week: 1-5 (ouch) Season: 10-11 (maybe I should stop posting my record)


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