The Big House Report (TBHR) makes game predictions for week one as the Michigan Wolverines travel to battle the Utah Utes in Jim Harbaugh’s debut. Check it out!
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 17, Utah 14:
A new, yet, oh-so-familiar era of Michigan Football has returned. Michigan is once again one of the few programs that EVERYONE is talking about, but let’s be honest, the Wolverines still have EVERYTHING to prove. Traveling into Salt Lake City will be no easy bid for the Wolverines. The Utes are coming off of a nine win season and return a lot of star power, however, no one seems to be talking about them. Rice-Eccles Stadium should be loud (well, loud for 45,000 people I guess), so I expect this game to be a doozy. I love the hype surrounding Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Football program, but I refuse to buy into it until the Wolverines prove they can compete on the field. I’m taking Michigan in a close one, but I expect multiple weaknesses to be exposed.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Utah 28, Michigan 17:
As I stated in Utah’s “Players to Watch For” article, Devontae Booker is a stud. He is their offensive leader and will be looking to exploit this young Wolverine defense. I think he will have a big game to help ruin Jim Harbaugh’s debut.
David Mormino – @DavidMormino
Utah 21, Michigan 17:
Yessir, it’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen; college football is back in action! Jimmy and the boys head to Utah to take on an extremely talented Utes team, but no one truly knows what to expect from the Wolverines. You’ve heard the narrative too many times before, “Harbaugh just wins everywhere he goes.” That is true, Jim’s track record speaks for itself, but that alone does not win football games. A team that has not made it clear who the starting quarterback is, needs significant coaching upfront, and question marks for playmakers, this one is tough for me.
Utah has the ability to run the football at will, something Michigan will try to mirror, but at the end of the day, Devontae Booker and company are simply too much to stop. I want to say the cloak of anonymity helps Michigan in this one, making it tough for Utah to determine who they should focus on individually. The thought of having to prepare for two different quarterbacks, and three (!!!) more than capable backs makes me cringe. Not announcing a true starter until game time is a smart move by Harbaugh, but will it pay off?
This is more than gamesmanship, however, and I think Utah comes out of this one victorious. Michigan loses on primetime to Utah, as the Wolverines just can’t find the true x-factor in this one. Get eaten alive for being a homer, get burned at the stake for rooting against them; some men just want to watch the world burn.
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Utah 21, Michigan 17:
Unfortunately, I see Utah winning this one, as much as I want Michigan to win on Thursday. The loss will be a result of an unproven quarterback running a brand new system. It’s only the first game, so I don’t believe we will see the team firing on all cylinders just yet.
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Utah 20, Michigan 17:
So, this might be the hardest game to predict all year. We don’t know what to expect from Michigan. But I do know what to expect from Utah – a load of Devontae Booker and a stout defense.
Craig Compton – @Craig_TBHR
Michigan 24, Utah 14:
Michigan has a lot of hype around the program, and there are a lot of guys on the team who are ready to prove something. Wolverines come ready to play on Thursday night!
Jim Salow – @JSalow14
Michigan 22, Utah 14:
So because history repeats itself, I am going to have the Wolverines taking a 22-14 victory over the Ute’s on Thursday. I had to do a little digging to find out that Jim Harbaugh’s first game at quarterback was against the (at the time) #1 ranked Miami Hurricanes. Jim lead the team to victory that day in a surprising upset, so why not do so again 31 years later?