Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 52, Rutgers 13
Due to a near loss, everybody’s predictions were way off last week. I come into this week unsure of what to predict. Michigan is clearly the better team, but will they play like it? I think they will, and I hope they hang 50 on Rutgers to make up for last season’s loss.
I’d be very surprised if Michigan doesn’t come out of the tunnel Saturday afternoon firing on all cylinders. And shoot, I hope they do since I will be in attendance. I think we see Jake Rudock start, but I wouldn’t be upset if he only sees limited action, especially if Michigan looks to have the upper hand throughout the game. I’m sick of predicting what we will see from the running backs, but I better see something positive from the running core this weekend or I think Michigan will be in trouble against Penn State and Ohio State. I expect Jabrill Peppers to find himself standing in the end zone again this week, and I am selfishly hoping it’s because of a kick or punt return.
Oh, and the defense will play so well that we will forget that they gave up 4,827,938 yards last weekend.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 42, Rutgers 9
You might have read that score prediction and thought “Wow! He’s saying there will be three Rutgers scoring drives!?” Yep, I do think so. They’ll all be field goals. But it’s okay because UM will counter with six touchdowns and destroy the Scarlet Knights. I don’t really see this game being much of a contest at all. We will have to see how Rudock plays, since he is expected to start this Saturday. If he looks sloppy, maybe it will be a bit closer. He did take a nasty hit against Minnesota, which took him out of the rest of that game, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he wasn’t playing to his full capacity. But at the end of the day, Michigan will get things done one way or another.
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 34, Rutgers 10
Last week I was completely off on my roundtable prediction, thinking Michigan would get another shutout. I would have picked a big zero for Rutgers three weeks ago but that big miss has me second guessing myself. Hopefully the defense will get it together and show how dominant they can be. Michigan should come out of the gates strong, wanting to put last week in the rear view. I think Jabril Peppers will continue to amaze Wolverine nation and get in the end zone again. I want to see a heavier dose of Drake Johnson running the ball. He is a very exciting player and capable of taking any run to the house. If Michigan can pull ahead by a few scores maybe they will let quart back Jake Rudock get some rest and Wilton Speight some more playing time. I believe coach Harbaugh lit a fire under this team at practice this week so I expect them to come out and push over the Scarlet Knights.
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 35, Rutgers 13
Michigan is flat out better then Rutgers. Let’s be brutally honest here. Leonte Carroo, Rutger’s star wide receiver has a bum ankle and won’t be 100%. And he will be lined up against Jourdan Lewis a majority of the day. Jake Rudock should be good to go along with DeVeon Smith. Also expect more Jabrill Peppers on offense and he will get another score on offense. Look for Michigan to expose Rutgers in every facet of the game. Plus, it’s a home game. Michigan wins.
Craig Compton – @Craig_TBHR
Michigan 31, Rutgers 7
Who wins in Ann Arbor Saturday?