Michigan Game Preview: Miami (OH)

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It’s over, the week that seemed to drag on for all eternity has finally ended, and Michigan Wolverines fans can move on from the Notre Dame shellacking last Saturday.

Now the Wolverines move on to face Miami (OH) and will try to correct the mistakes made Saturday night. Devin Gardner will look to erase his three interception performance and rebound Saturday afternoon.

Date/Time:
Saturday, September 13th, 2014.
3:30 pm EST

Television Station: Big Ten Network

What to Expect: Fury is a word that comes to mind. Whether it be from the fans, the players or the coaching staff, people are upset over the Notre Dame game, and look for Michigan to try and unleash some of that rage on the Red Hawks.

I’m looking forward to see what team shows up for this game, and we all remember what happened Week 3 of last season. For those who don’t know what I’m referring to, Akron came to town and almost walked out victorious. Michigan will need to avoid a slow start, or we could see more of the same this week.

Players to Watch
Jake Ryan and Blake Countess are two of Michigan’s best players on defense, but Countess was beat often against Notre Dame, so I need to see a bounce-back game from him. Ryan has been transitioning from the outside linebacker position to the inside linebacker position, so will Saturday be the breakout game Michigan has been looking for from him? Time will tell, but it could be a start for both players.

Andrew Hendrix is the quarterback for the Red Hawks, and he will look to play spoiler when he leads his team into the Big House. The senior holds a 0-2 record this season, and had 359 passing yards in a loss to Eastern Kentucky last week.

X-Factor:
De’Veon Smith is my X-Factor this week. He has shown that he can handle the work given to him, and in his last outing against an inferior opponent, he rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Look for more of the same from the sophomore on Saturday.

Outcome: 42-14 Michigan.
Michigan should win this game pretty easily, but upsets are a staple of college football. Michigan will answer the call on Saturday and take care of business. They roll 42-14

David Mormino
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