The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan vs. Northwestern. Can Michigan prove that they ARE a great team this weekend? Read below!
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 20, Northwestern 16
I thought Roundtable Predictions would get easier as the year moved forward, but they have not. Michigan is rolling, and even though I have predicted wins over the last four weeks, my score predictions have been ridiculously bad. Maybe this will be the week?
While I am at a wedding (please send me text updates), Michigan will beat Northwestern at the Big House. A late stop will send the Wildcats back to Evanston in defeat, and the Wolverines will walk off the field looking like a team that has Top 10 potential. Jake Rudock shows up bigger than ever before in this one, and finally connects on a deep ball. Michigan will struggle a bit defensively, but look for the Wolverines to play big inside of the red-zone where Northwestern has struggled to score a touchdown all year.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 17, Northwestern 10
This will be the low scoring game for the ages. Michigan and Northwestern have been notorious for their defensive battles against each other over the past few seasons and I don’t see this changing. Michigan has shut out its last two opponents and have been playing lights out defense. However, Northwestern has been doing the same thing. The most amount of points they have given up all season was 19 (to Duke and Ball State), and they also only gave up six points to Stanford in Week 1. Northwestern is a legitimate threat, but I believe that Michigan’s offense is better than Northwestern’s and will get ultimately get the job done.
David Mormino – @DavidMormino
Michigan 21, Northwestern 10
Michigan winning in four consecutive weeks has been something many current Wolverine fans aren’t used to. Long gone (hopefully) are the ways of Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke. Sure, players still linger from the Hoke era, but they have been coached up into a team potentially contending for a Big Ten title. However, Northwestern has been a thorn in the side of many college football teams this season, proving that they, too, are no longer an automatic win on a team’s schedule. This game is going to be intense, and I truly think that it can go one of two ways; either Michigan goes out and dominates the Wildcats until they scream, “uncle,” or Northwestern puts up a fight in the Big House. Either way, I believe Michigan has what it takes to walk out of the game on Saturday victorious. Michigan wins 21-10.
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 17, Northwestern 13
I am torn in this tough defensive showdown between #13 Northwestern and #18 Michigan. Both teams are bringing top 5 defenses and are coming off shutout wins last week. I see Michigan pulling ahead in the fourth quarter with a power run game that just wears down the front seven of the Wildcats. Jake Rudock will need to play a smart game because this will be the hardest defense he has faced to date.
I want to see the Wolverine offensive line get mean and nasty, pushing guys around all game. They will need to create big holes for the backs to run through and give Rudock great pass protection. This is a game where turnovers will decide the game, so take care of the ball Michigan. Another victory coming and they will continue to climb up the rankings!
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 24, Northwestern 9
In the past 16 quarters, the Michigan defense has given up 14 points. And the opponent this weekend, the Northwestern Wildcats, aren’t an offensive spark plug by any stretch, yet the Wildcats find themselves undefeated and sitting nice and pretty at #13 in the country. How did this happen? Has the Wildcat misfortune finally turned around into Wildcat success with so many close losses in recent years? Michigan has played some close games with the Wildcats in recent years. From the 2012 answered prayer to Roy Roundtree, to the ill-advised #M00N (yes, I know. Hopefully the last time we ever have to bring it up). The Wolverines and Wildcats seem to play close games.
This year I expect no different. I expect both defenses to show up and keep it low scoring. I believe Michigan has had the better defense in recent weeks, but do not underestimate the tough Wildcat defense. Pat Fitzgerald will have his boys really to play. They shut out Minnesota last week and beat Stanford in the opening week. This team CAN come into the Big House and steal a victory. However, I think Harbaugh will have the boys ready to go. The defense doesn’t pitch a shutout, but it doesn’t give up a touchdown this week. The offense does enough and has enough explode plays to bury the Wildcats. DeVeon Smith and Drake Johnson carry the load to a Michigan victory, setting up the highly anticipated match up against the Fightin’ D’Antonio’s.
Craig Compton – @Craig_TBHR
Michigan 20, Northwestern 14
Michigan is going to have their hands full this week against a good Northwestern team. Michigan’s defense will have to come ready to play, and the offense will need to control the game, and not turn the ball over. Michigan wins a tight game 20-14.
Jim Salow – @Jsalow14
Michigan 14, Northwestern 10
Michigan is in for a tough one this week against Northwestern. This will be a clash of defensive skill, I fully expect this game to be decided by a defensive score, be it pick 6 or a classic scoop and score. Look for a 14-10 win for Michigan, with a late 4th quarter game winning punt return for a score by our boy Jabrill Peppers.
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