Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 38, Minnesota 10
Michigan’s bye week could not have happened at a better time. After a devastating loss to Sparty, the Wolverines needed time to regroup, rest up and refocus on what’s to come. This weekend the Wolverines travel to TCF Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers under the lights. Jim Harbaugh has made it clear that his group has responded well to the most recent loss, and are more than ready to move ahead. This game will prove that the Wolverines CAN bounce back – something we didn’t ever see when Brady Hoke was at the helm.
I think we see the Wolverines dominate this weekend, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Gophers score once early and once late in the game. Jake Rudock will continue to grow, and have a big (and clean) game against Minnesota’s secondary. Look for this to be De’Veon Smith’s “return” game, and look for more Jabrill Peppers on the offensive side of the ball, even if it’s only a couple of snaps.
Look for Michigan’s defense to… well, play like Michigan Defense.
Wolverines win big.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 34, Minnesota 10
Coming off one of the hardest losses in Michigan football history, along with a bye week, Michigan is more than ready to come out and play this Saturday at Minnesota. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines are going to come out with a fire in their eyes. I think Michigan has the potential to pitch a shutout this weekend, but for the benefit of the doubt I am giving the Gophers 10 points. Minnesota will find a way to put some points up on the board while Michigan runs away with the game early on. Rudock has done a good job lately limiting turnovers and making relatively smart passes, whether they are down the field or just for a few yards. I expect that to continue this weekend and I fully expect Michigan to handily win this contest.
David Mormino – @DavidMormino
Michigan 28, Minnesota 0
Michigan plays Minnesota this week, and what should be a treat on Halloween for Michigan fans. Although it seems more of a trap game than anything, I do believe Jim Harbaugh will have his troops ready for action. With the news of Jerry Kill retiring due to health reasons, Minnesota has a little bit more to play for now, and I do believe they will come out swinging. I do, however, clearly believe that Michigan wins by at least two touchdowns. Michigan’s defense is one of the top ranked units in the country, and that alone makes me favor the Wolverines. Expect more of the same smash mouth football we’ve seen from Michigan all year. Heavy doses of Deveon Smith and Drake Johnson, both are healthy now, and angry football team, creates a recipe for success damn near every time. Michigan rolls, 28-0
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 31, Minnesota 0
The shutout streak starts over and the Little Brown Jug comes back to Michigan! I believe the Wolverines will bounce back in a strong way this Saturday and play with a fierce determination to continue to improve. Coach Harbaugh will have this team mentally prepared after last weeks disappointment. The defense will come out strong holding Minnesota to zero points and less than 100 yards rushing.
I want to see two things happen this week. 1) I want the offense to get into a good rhythm with quarterback Jake Rudock connecting on some deep passes. 2) Punter Blake ONeil to have a few great kicks to regain any confidence that he might have lost. With this win Michigan becomes bowl eligible with six wins.
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 31, Minnesota 10
Hopefully everyone has moved on by now. It’s a new game week. It’s jug week. While we may sometimes undervalue the jug, we cannot claim ownership of it right now. So yes, this is a big game.
Minnesota is coming into the game with heavy hearts as their head coach Jerry Kill retired earlier this week due to health concerns. Jerry Kill is a players-coach and his players loved him. You better believe they will go out and do everything to keep the jug for one more year.
Michigan comes in off a bye week and they have had two weeks to stew over what happened a couple Saturdays ago. The key to Saturday’s game will be Michigan’s front 7 vs the ground game of Minnesota. If Michigan can control that aspect then I fully expect Michigan to dominate defensively. If they can’t, then Minnesota will kill us with time of possession and eventually wear us down.
I expect a slow start for both teams. However, I think Michigan, being the better team, will show out in the second half and cruise to another road win.
Craig Compton – @Craig_TBHR
Michigan 35, Minnesota 7
Jim Salow – @Jsalow14
Michigan 27, Minnesota 3
This week’s game will be a tough one to watch for a lot of reasons. Primarily the news of Jerry Kill’s retirement was upsetting, and as someone who has followed his career in Minnesota as both a football fan and a fellow human being I wish him nothing but the best. I can imagine Minnesota playing some inspired football this week in light of Kill’s retirement, and as such the game will be competitive early. After the events of two weeks ago, Michigan will come out of the gate sluggish. How could they not? Take the bye-week effect and add in a soul-crushing loss and that is a recipe for some pretty “meh” football. However, I think that there will come a moment wherein Michigan will be confronted by the ultimate choice of wallowing in self pity and just playing out the rest of the season in “meh” fashion or taking control of their own destiny and crushing opponents in their path. My guess is the latter takes place sometime after the first possession.
Shane Kinnee – @SRKinnee
Michigan 24, Minnesota 13
Playing at home and under the lights in a big rivalry game on ESPN, may give the Golden Gophers some hope in this game. However, Michigan is playing at a different level with Harbaugh this season. Minnesota will likely come out playing very emotional because their head coach Jerry Kill has decided to retire due to health issues. I think Minnesota will hang around in this game until the fourth quarter. The suffocating Wolverine defense and the strong running game will eventually take over. The key is going to be mindset of the Wolverines. Are they over that devastating loss to Michigan State? Did the bye week help? Or have they given up? The Wolverines should keep in mind they still have plenty to play for, and I’m positive their Harbaugh will have them fired up and ready to play.
Who wins the battle for the Little Brown Jug?