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Drew Montag's 2010 University of Michigan Football Season Predictions

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - Drew Montag

2010 University of Michigan Football Season Predictions

Drew Montag

20 July 2010

 

Yeah, it’s me, the “basketball guy”, back for more.  It’s time for my annual attempt to predict how the University of Michigan’s football season is going to go.  Unfortunately, I’ve been quite good at it for the last 2 seasons, since Coach Rod took over.  Many people didn’t like my predictions, but they were just predictions, not what I wanted to happen.  I would love for UM to go 13-0 every season, but that’s not the way it looks, yet.  I’m expecting the offense to be high-scoring and exciting, but the defense to be a problem.  Look for lots of 42-39 kind of scores: shootouts/track meets.

 

Here are my predictions for the 2010 season:

 

Date

Opponent

Prediction

Record

Comments

09/04/2010

Connecticut

Loss

0-1

This will be a tough loss to swallow, since UM has done poorly in openers lately, and it’s the Dedication Game for the newly renovated Michigan Stadium.

09/11/2010

at Notre Dame

Win

1-1

It’s tough to win on the road, and it’s tough to win at Notre Dame, but ND is down (a little), and they’ll still be getting used to their own coaching change.

09/18/2010

Massachusetts

Win

2-1

Finally, a breather.  UMass just doesn’t match up to Michigan.  The only easy win of the season.

09/25/2010

Bowling Green

Win

3-1

This will be a tougher game than many expect, but UM has enough talent to sneak out the win.

10/02/2010

at Indiana

Win

4-1 (1-0)

A great way to start the Big Ten season, with a tough road win.  Unfortunately, the next 3 games are a lot tougher.

10/09/2010

Michigan State

Loss

4-2 (1-1)

There is no team I want to beat more badly, but UM still isn’t quite there.  This will be 3 years in a row for MSU.

10/16/2010

Iowa

Loss

4-3 (1-2)

This will be another tough loss to swallow, since it’s Homecoming.  Iowa will be a contender.

10/23/2010

Bye

 

 

This “bye” week is well-positioned, but it still won’t help UM avoid a 3-game losing streak.

10/30/2010

at Penn State

Loss

4-4 (1-3)

Penn State and Ohio State will battle it out for the title, and they’ll both beat Michigan.

11/06/2010

Illinois

Win

5-4 (2-3)

This will be Michigan’s only home Big Ten win this season, but it won’t be easy.

11/13/2010

at Purdue

Win

6-4 (3-3)

This will be a tough game, and a big win, especially on the road.  Michigan is bowl eligible again, finally. This is turning into quite a grudge match between Rodriguez and Hope.

11/20/2010

Wisconsin

Loss

6-5 (3-4)

Wisconsin and Iowa will fight it out for 3rd place, after Ohio State and Penn State.  They will both beat Michigan this year.

11/27/2010

at Ohio State

Loss

6-6 (3-5)

Michigan will beat Ohio State again, just not this year.

 

That should be good enough for 7th place in the Big Ten, and a mediocre bowl game in mid-December.  It’s progress, just slow progress.

 

It’s possible that UM might win 1 or 2 of the following 4 games: Connecticut, MSU. Iowa, or Wisconsin.  That would result in a slightly better bowl game.  I don’t expect this to happen.

 

It’s also possible that UM could lose either the Notre Dame or Purdue games, which would result in another year with no bowl game, and would probably result in a disastrous coaching change.  I don’t expect this to happen either.

 


Drew Montag
Men's Basketball Editor, UMGoBlue.COM

 
 
 
 
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