Good day, folks. I’ve rounded up some of the TBHR staff to pick possible trap games for Michigan this season. Writers were able to pick up to three games, but as you’ll soon see, we didn’t feel it necessary to be lengthy.
|@ Indiana||Nov. 14|
I’ve picked Indiana as Michigan’s biggest trap game for the last few years. Last season was obviously a bust because of quarterback Nate Sudfeld going down for the season, but his full recovery could be dangerous for Michigan in 2015. The Hoosiers, though not the best overall quality opponent, typically find a way to light up the scoreboard. A lot of pressure is going to be on Michigan’s offense to keep up, especially early.
|vs. Oregon State||Sept. 12|
Michigan’s biggest trap game will come Sept. 12 when it hosts Oregon State. The amount of buzz around Ann Arbor, and the rest of the country for that matter, will be at an all-time high as Jim Harbaugh prepares for his debut at the Big House. In a perfect world, the Wolverines will dominate the Beavers in front of a sellout crowd (possibly even a record-breaking crowd) and Michigan alumni and fans everywhere will be smiling cheek to cheek for hours after the game.
However, Oregon State and new head coach Gary Anderson would love nothing more than to spoil the weekend for the Maize & Blue. And honestly, I think they have a good shot at doing so. Anderson is taking over for a team which also has plenty to answer this season, but he has proven himself as a great coach after leading Wisconsin to the Big Ten Championship just a season ago.
Both teams are evenly matched. Each coaching staff is currently asking who plays quarterback. They have the remainder of the offseason, training camp, and week one of the 2015 season to answer numerous questions before this lively matchup.
Will the buzz around Ann Arbor help or hinder the “new look” Michigan Wolverines’ return to the Big House? I guess we will find that out Sept. 12.
|@Penn State||Nov 21|
I picked the November 21 game at Penn State for my trap game of the season. I based my decision primarily on the following week’s game against Ohio State. College football fans across the nation will be gearing up to watch the first showdown of Harbaugh vs. Meyer, not the first visit to Penn State. The media will be advertising and analyzing that game more and more as the season progresses, so I feel that the game at Happy Valley could be a trap for Michigan. They could be waiting for another shot against the Buckeyes and fail to focus on the current opponent. Hopefully I am wrong and coach Harbaugh will have the team prepared for each and every game.
|@ Maryland||Oct. 3|
This is the biggest trap game Michigan will have during the 2015 season. There are several obvious reasons for this: It’s at Maryland, it’s an 8 p.m. game on Big Ten Network, Michigan didn’t do well against them last year, etc. My main reason is because of how Maryland did last year at home. They only had two home wins, and of those two wins, one was a blowout while the other was won by a touchdown. This Maryland team is all over the board. One week they get blown out by Wisconsin and then the next week they beat a very good Penn State team on the road. Maryland truly is the Miami Dolphins of college football. We will see if this bad home record for Maryland will repeat itself, but this could potentially be a crazy matchup for the maize and blue this upcoming fall.
I see Northwestern as our trap game. It’s right after the Big Ten opener and the week before Michigan State. If Michigan can get through the first five games unscathed, this will be a huge trap game because I can pretty safely say Michigan State will either be undefeated or have only one loss (Oregon). The fanbase as a whole will have that game circled on their calendars. This Northwestern game is a classic trap game. And looking at the recent games between the two schools, they have been played really closely. You know Pat Fitzgerald will have his Wildcats ready to play, and they always seem to play better against Michigan. Fitzgerald would want nothing more than to beat Michigan this year after what has transpired in the past couple games. And if Michigan is undefeated, it just adds to the incentive.