2015 University of Michigan Football Season Predictions
16 August 2015
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 did another terrible job at predicting the games. I thought we’d go 9-3, and we were a miserable 5-7.
This season is really hard to predict, even harder than when we hired Rich Rod. On the one hand, Harbaugh! On the other hand, offensive line. Just to make it even tougher to predict: new coaches, new systems, lots of new personnel, and a weird non-conference schedule.
Enough excuses, time to predict. I’m thinking that the two State games (MSU and OSU) are probably not going to be pretty, even though they’re in Ann Arbor, and the opener on the road at Utah might be disorganized. That’s 3 losses. The other 3 non-conference games (Oregon State, UNLV, and BYU) look winnable, and we should win the other 2 home Big Ten games (Northwestern and Rutgers). If we can split the 4 Big Ten road games (Maryland [loss], Minnesota [win], Indiana [win], Penn State [loss]), that would work out to 7-5 (4-4 in the Big Ten).
That should be good enough for 4th place in the Big Ten East division, and a pre-New Year’s Day bowl game. Better than last year, but still not what we’re hoping for, eventually.