The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan vs. UNLV. Take a look!
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 31, UNLV 21
Yes, I have UNLV scoring three touchdowns. Call me crazy, but I’d rather see Michigan give up three touchdowns to a team they will beat, than give up three touchdowns to a team they can’t score on later in the schedule. Maybe UNLV exploits some of Michigan’s defensive weaknesses to give Jim Harbaugh and DJ Durkin something to improve on. The defense has looked good, but good won’t be good enough as we get further into the regular season.
On the offensive side of the ball I don’t expect anything to change. Pound the ball and throw the ball down the field. I look for Rudock to play with ease against the Rebels. I’d also love to see something exciting on special teams. A blocked punt or solid kickoff return would really add to the excitement this Saturday.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 31, UNLV 13
We saw great things from the Wolverines this past weekend at the Big House. We saw a great running game, better passing from Rudock, and a stellar defense. Every part of the team contributed and that’s why Michigan was victorious. As for UNLV, they are 0-2 and lost badly to UCLA last week 37-3. Before the season started, they hired Tony Sanchez, a former high school football coach, to be their head coach. Along with that, their starting QB is a senior that over the course of his career has more thrown picks than touchdowns. This game should be a blowout in the highest proportions.
David Mormino – @DavidMormino
Michigan 28, UNLV 14
Michigan is coming off a pretty convincing win last Saturday in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh won in his home debut for the Wolverines, and I believe the momentum will only continue to build. With Drake Johnson back in the fold, Michigan will have yet another capable running option. This is huge for this football team, mainly because of how good of a back he was last season. Michigan wins a second straight game by pounding the rock again.
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 41, UNLV 10
I predict Michigan will be 2-0 at home this season after a 41-10 victory over UNLV. I am feeling a little more confident about the offense after last week/s rushing production. The offensive line is getting better so I think the Wolverines will score more points this week. The defense will continue to dominant and maybe cause more turnovers.
I am still not sold on Jake Rudock being a star quarterback, so this week I want to see him improve. I need him to find more chemistry with the wide receivers, throw better deep balls, and improve his footwork. Last week he looked more comfortable in the pocket, but only on passes fewer than 20 yards. Rudock has to show he can accurately throw some bombs for the defenses to stop stacking the box to contain the run.
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 49, UNLV 10
I would like to see more of Drake Johnson this week since he really turned it on at the end of last year. Yes, DeVeon Smith looked really good last week, but I want him to get some rest as we come closer to to B1G play.
Craig Compton – @Craig_TBHR
Michigan 35, UNLV 17
I’d love to see Michigan continue to pound the ball between the tackles. I think they will do that this weekend against the Rebels. I also would love to see them set up some big returns. They certainly have the talent in Jabrill Peppers, they just need to set up the lanes by blocking well. I think big blue cruises to a victory on Saturday.
Jim Salow – @JSalow14
Michigan 39, UNLV 12
So while I may have been off on my score a little, (a lot) we did get to witness our first Jim Harbaugh freak out last week. It had a special feeling to it, didn’t it? As if this was finally “our” guy. The Wolves rolled against Oregon state, and look for them to do do the same again without a play sheet having to be tossed.
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