2013 University of Michigan Football Season Predictions
7 August 2013
Wow, football season is right around the corner; time for my annual UM football predictions. Sure, I’m the “basketball guy” at UMGoBlue.com, but I’m also a big football fan, and I’ve been going to UM games since 1974.
Last season, I didn’t do as well as usual at predicting the games. I thought we’d beat Notre Dame (close), and Ohio State (not as close). I got the rest of my predictions right.
So, how is Michigan going to do this season? I’m thinking “pretty well”. I’m expecting the offense to be a little bit better than last season, the defense to be quite a bit better, and the special teams to be about the same as last season.
Here are my predictions for the 2013 season:
|08/31||Central Michigan||Win||1-0||On the positive side: UM is obviously better. On the negative side: breaking in a new O-line, first game jitters. This one will be closer than expected.|
|09/07||Notre Dame||Win||2-0||Under The Lights II: Big game, big stage, big improvement. A solid win.|
|09/14||Akron||Win||3-0||Another MAC team, another victory. An easy game, everyone plays.|
|09/21||at Connecticut (East Hartford, CT)||Win||4-0||The first road game of the season is always tough, and this one will be close.|
|09/28||Bye||There are 2 byes this season!|
|10/05||Minnesota||Win||5-0 (1-0)||Minnesota is better than last year, but still beatable.|
|10/12||at Penn State||Win||6-0 (2-0)||The Sandusky Sanctions hurt PSU’s depth. UM wins a close one.|
|10/19||Indiana||Win||7-0 (3-0)||Indiana is better than last year, but not nearly enough.|
|10/26||Bye||An excellent time for a bye week.|
|11/02||at Michigan State||Win||8-0 (4-0)||The biggest game of the year. It’s tough to win in East Lansing, but Michigan’s got the team to do it.|
|11/09||Nebraska||Loss||8-1 (4-1)||This is already developing into quite a rivalry. Michigan loses a heartbreaker.|
|11/16||at Northwestern||Win||9-1 (5-1)||Michigan barely beat Northwestern in Ann Arbor last season, so expect a dogfight.|
|11/23||at Iowa||Win||10-1 (6-1)||The only easy road game of the season.|
|11/30||Ohio State||Loss||10-2 (6-2)||I hate to lose to Ohio 2 years in a row, but they’ve got too many weapons.|
That should be good enough for a tie for 1st place in the Legends division of the Big Ten, but not a place in the B1G Championship game. It will be good enough for a good New Year’s Day bowl game, probably another BCS game.
It’s possible that UM might beat Nebraska, but I doubt it.
Michigan has 5 games that they should win (Central Michigan, Akron, Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa), 5 “toss up” games (Notre Dame, Connecticut, Penn State, Michigan State, and Northwestern), and 2 that they will be lucky to win (Nebraska and Ohio State). I’ve got them winning all 5 “toss up” games (10-2), but if they only win 3 of the 5 “toss up” games, they’ll be 8-4, which is just OK.