TBHR Roundtable | 2016 Michigan Football Season Predictions

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Football is back – well, almost. We are a month away from opening day and the staff at The Big House Report has done you a solid and predicted the future. We’ve also added former Michigan Basketball forward Anthony Wright to our lineup, so we are bound to get buckets. Strap in, Harbaugh and his boys are up to something in 2016.

TBHR staff predictions for the 2016 Michigan Football Season.

Anthony Wright | @ItsAntWright

Regular season record: 11-1 (8-1)

Key Wins: vs. Penn State (9/24), at Michigan State (10/29), at Ohio State (11/26)

Key Loss: at Iowa (11/12)

Trap game: vs. Maryland (11/5) –  The trap game is going to be home against Maryland, and not because of “The Return of Durkin”, but because this game has a chance of setting Michigan up for failure against Iowa. I should call this a setup game. Michigan gets to beat up on a Maryland team at home while I think Iowa will go on the road and lose at Penn State. Iowa will be ready to play, and blame Maryland for their first loss of the year.

Overview of the regular season: 

This will be an extremely fun couple of weeks to start out. Teams won’t even game plan to win or even score, but more so game plan to cross the 50-yard line more than once. Maybe even get a first down or two. Hey, stranger things have happened. The defense is going to be ridiculous, and the trolling will be epic.

Then it gets good. Penn State is going to be a decent team this year, but if they bring the same O-Line as they did last year, Michigan may record 29 sacks. I cannot wait for the Rutgers game, 98-0, then Jim goes for two with 13 seconds left – book it. Michigan State is getting smacked, and Vegas is going to panic when they have to post the line for that game. The Maryland and Iowa week scare me. I don’t think we’ll go to Iowa City at night and win. With Iowa coming off a loss at Penn State, they’ll be ready. Plus Iowa City is EXTRA BORING, so that’s all they’ll be thinking about. We regroup and stomp out Indiana, and outlast Ohio State in a tough, gritty, low scoring game.

Postseason Prediction: 

Michigan is winning the Big Ten title and completely blows out Iowa in a revenge game. Michigan falls into the 4th spot of the CFB Playoff and plays a PAC12 or ACC team who went undefeated and wins handily. Michigan gets to the championship vs. a SEC team and loses because of a Trey Burke block type of fluky play/call. I don’t know, it feels inevitable.

This will be the year… 

Jim Harbaugh gets thrown out of a game while up 50 points.

Derek Devine | @DevineIdentity

Regular season record: 11-1 (8-1)

Key Wins: at Michigan State (10/29), at Iowa (11/12)

Key Loss: at Ohio State (11/26)

Trap game: at Iowa (11/12) – If Michigan slips, it will be on the road at Iowa. The Hawkeyes are going to be good, but not as impressive as last season. Harbaugh and Co. didn’t look great while traveling last year even though they found a way to win games. Iowa City is unlike any atmosphere the Wolverines visited a season ago. A night game at Kinnick Stadium = Dangerous.

Overview of the regular season: 

Take over the state and take care of business – two major focuses and two manageable assignments for the Michigan Football program. If you thought the streets of Ann Arbor were lit the night of the Nike/Jordan reveal, you are in for a treat. 

Michigan has one job: Win football games – lots of them. Michigan will play at the highest level all season long. They will dominate cupcakes and dance around the majority of the Big Ten. The Wolverines will leave East Lansing with a big win and Spartan Nation will come at the Michigan fanbase harder than ever before. It’ll be straight dubs until the squad travels to Columbus. I love the hype surrounding the Wolverines, but I’m not ready to believe they will top Ohio State in the Horseshoe.

Postseason Prediction: 

New Year’s Six. Michigan makes a big bowl, plays on a big stage and shows the nation why they will be the team to beat in 2017. They will also prove that the CFB Playoff is flawed when they end the season looking like a top four team in the nation (Making their post-season opponent look like the Spartans on New Year’s Eve will solidify this).

This will be the year… 

Michigan proves itself as a series contender for the #1 spot. The dynasty begins and the bandwagon will be full, leaving any stragglers chasing after it. This could also be the year the Wolverines win the Big Ten Championship. A shake-up in the conference could place Michigan in Indianapolis even with a loss to Ohio State.

 

Von Lozon | @Von_Lozon

Regular season record: 11-1 (8-1)

Key Wins: at Michigan State (10/29), at Iowa (11/12)

Key Loss: at Ohio State (11/26)

Trap game: vs. Maryland (11/5)

Overview of the regular season: 

2016 is going to be the most exciting season of Michigan football in over a decade. Yes, even more exciting than last year. In 2015, we didn’t really know what to expect from the Wolverines with question marks all over the board. They proved a lot of people wrong, including myself with a 6-6 prediction, and I was more than fine with being wrong.

Expect a lot of the same offensively, but a lot of differences on the defensive side of the ball with new defensive coordinator Don Brown. He led Boston College to the No. 1 overall defense in the country last season, and he could easily do the same thing with Michigan in 2016.

Postseason Prediction: 

By the time January rolls around, Michigan will find themselves in the Rose Bowl. They haven’t been there since 2005, but I believe this is the year Michigan is able to travel back to Pasadena, Calif. It will take a lot to get to this point, but I firmly believe this is going to be a huge year for the Wolverines. If things go right, they could find themselves in this position for a long time.

This will be the year… 

Jim Harbaugh establishes himself as a top three head coach in college football. With the returning talent, along with the guys he was able to recruit, he will have a loaded roster in 2016. The offense looks ready to explode, but the quarterback position is still a noteworthy question. Harbaugh was able to turn Jake Rudock from an Iowa backup into a third-round NFL draft pick. Whoever is Michigan’s quarterback, will be the right guy for the job, helping Harbaugh solidify himself in the conversation for best coach in the game.

Kullen Logsdon | @Kullen_Logsdon

Regular season record: 11-1 (8-1)

Key Wins: at Michigan State (10/29), at Iowa (11/12)

Key Loss: at Ohio State (11/26)

Trap game: vs. Wisconsin (10/1)

Overview of the regular season:

The upcoming season will be a special one for the Maize and Blue. It will be the first showing of the highly anticipated Nike/Jordan apparel and will be year two under Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines are loaded on defense and return a high-powered offense. Transfer John O’Korn will emerge as the starting quarterback and will pick up where Jake Rudock left off a season ago. Michigan will breeze through its non-conference slate and will look to re-take the Big Ten.

Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis will help the defense take the next step and Michigan will avenge last year’s debacle against the Spartans, but the team will ultimately still fall to the Buckeyes. Thankfully, the Buckeyes will already come in with two conference loses, sending the Wolverines to Indianapolis. Michigan will face-off against Iowa for the second time and will win the Big Ten title thanks to a late John O’Korn touchdown pass to Jake Butt.

Postseason Prediction:

After winning the team’s first Big Ten Championship since 2004, the Wolverines are rewarded with a trip to the College Football Playoff. No. 3 Michigan will face the Atlantic Coast Conference champion No. 2 Clemson and Heisman trophy winner Deshaun Watson. Michigan’s defense will keep them in the game during the first half, but Watson’s running ability will prove too much and the Tigers will defeat the Maize and Blue 31-21.

This will be the year…

Michigan re-claims the state of Michigan and gets themselves back amongst the nation’s elite. The team has spent the better part of a decade as a punch line for opposing college football fans and this year they will prove they’re truly back.

 

Craig Compton | @CraigCompton_

Regular season record: 11-1 (8-1)

Key Wins: at Michigan State (10/29), at Ohio State (11/26)

Key Loss: at Iowa (11/12)

Trap game: vs. Wisconsin (10/1)

Overview of the regular season:

Holy crap I’m excited for the 2016 season! The hype is real. I don’t think I have ever been this excited about Michigan football. Between the big recruits, the return to Nike, Harbaugh’s jersey selection and rap video and all of the players returning from last years squad, this year is set up to be a great one for the Wolverines!

I personally have gone back and forth on who I wanted to see under center this season, but I have realized that both guys are going to be great quarterbacks/leaders, and we are in good hands with either. I see DeVeon Smith having a big year on the ground (thanks to a great offensive line), which will open up the air game to Chesson, Darboh, and Butt. The defense I think speaks for itself…GREAT. If we can stay healthy, this will be a huge year for the Wolverines.

Postseason Prediction:

I think Michigan will win the Big Ten Championship, and have a berth in the CFB Playoff.

This will be the year…

Michigan beats its rivals, and finally brings the Big Ten Championship back to Ann Arbor.

 

David Mormino | @BookOfMormino

Regular Season Record: 11-1 (8-1)

Key Wins: at Michigan State (10/29), at Iowa (11/12)

Key Loss: at Ohio State (11/26)

Trap games: vs. Wisconsin (10/1), vs. Maryland (11/5), vs. Indiana (11/19) 

Overview of the regular season:

With the start of college football season right around the corner, Michigan fans seem to be anxiously waiting to see how this team fares. Personally, I think this team is going to be a solid group, and potentially capture their first Big Ten Title since 2004. 2004. Lloyd Carr was head coach. Lance Armstrong won his 6th Tour De France. Martha Stewart went to jail. Somehow George Bush got elected.. again. THE RED SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. Think about that. That’s how long it has been since the Wolverines were the champions of the Big Ten.

Jim Harbaugh is in year number two now, with a roster littered with NFL type talent. Something tells me Jim will have the boys hungry. Key games against Michigan State, Ohio State, and Iowa are some games that I think will make or break Michigan’s season. Having come up short against Michigan State last year, mainly because of Blake O’Neill’s hand-eye coordination, gives Michigan that added motivation that will ultimately lead to a big time victory against the Spartans. Iowa is also interesting to me, lead by four time Coach of the Year, Kirk Ferentz, the Hawkeyes are hungry and dangerous. Coming up one goal-line stand away from being the honor kill against Alabama, they are looking to make a statement this season, and what a better way to do it than at home against Michigan. The Wolverines have an extremely talented roster, with an even better coaching staff. My only question: Can they all put it together?

Postseason predictions:

Michigan will be a Top 8 team, ultimately coming up just short after a loss to Ohio State late in the year.

This will be the year Jim Harbaugh…

Silences the doubters. The man wins. In life, in football, in fame; The man gets it. He is one of the most talented coaches in football, professional or college, with one of the best rosters in football. This is what a well-oiled machine will look like, even with question marks beginning the year with uncertainty at the linebacker and quarterback postions. Something tells me the rest of the country will want to learn how to pronounce Jehu Chesson and Armara Darboh’s names correctly, considering they’ll be all over the field– and draft boards, by seasons end. Harbaugh has knocked the sad Michigan fan out of me. Brady Hoke is no more. Rich Rodriguez either. Neither happened. Michigan didn’t play football from 2007-2014. It didn’t happen. Only good things from here on out, Wolverine fans.

 

Patrick Connors | @TheRealPConnors

Regular season record: 12-0 (9-0)

Key Wins: at Iowa (11/12), at Ohio State (11/26)

Key Loss: Jabrill Peppers to the NFL Draft at the end of the season

Trap game: vs. Indiana (11/19) – The Hoosiers are a team that lost to Iowa by eight, Ohio State by seven (had a chance at the end to tie), lost to Rutgers last minute and lost to Michigan in two overtimes. That’s four losses by a combined 25 points. IU was moments away turning a 6-6 season into a 10-2 campaign. Michigan’s at home, but IU will be up for the challenge. I don’t want to say Michigan will overlook IU, but this could be a dark horse team to do it. Oh, also shouldn’t forget to bring up that this is the week before Ohio State…

Overview of the regular season:

Michigan should run through the non-conference schedule with ease. UCF didn’t win a game last year, Colorado is picked last in their division and they are a 41-point fav against Hawaii. I think Michigan will struggle against Wisconsin (yes they should handle Penn State) because that will be the first real challenge of the season.

I think they will coast until a Halloween weekend match up with Spartayyyyyy. This should be a nip and tuck game. Michigan State will have a bit of a down year, but you know they’ll show up for this one. However, Michigan’s prevails. From here they will run the table and beat the Buckeyes in the finale in route to the Big Ten Championship game.

Postseason Prediction:

Michigan will be in the College Football Playoff  and they will make it to Tampa.

This will be the year…

Michigan puts themselves back on the college football map.

 

Chad Finley | @FinFive1

Regular season record: 11-1 (8-1)

Key Wins: at Ohio State (11/26)

Key Loss: at Iowa (11/12)

Trap game: at Iowa (11/12)

Overview of the regular season:

Looking at the schedule, Michigan should not have much trouble in the first three games, which should be double-digit non-conference victories. It really helps playing the first five games at home, giving the Wolverines a great shot at starting the season 5-0.  Michigan’s first test will be October 29 when they go to East Lansing to face the Spartans. After last years debacle, Michigan will be hungry for a win over its in state rival. I expect the defense to pick up where it left off last year, adding a couple more shutouts to Harbaugh’s resume.

New defensive coach Don Brown will have a dominant force up front on the D-line with a secondary that will be one of the nation’s best. As long as the offense gets good consistent quarterback play, they should be able to put up really big numbers. For me, quarterback is the most questionable position for the team this season.

Postseason Prediction:

At the conclusion of the regular season I see Michigan winning the Big Ten championship game, and winning a New Years Six bowl game (hopefully beating a SEC team).  I would say a playoff spot, but I think the easy schedule will keep them out of that conversation.

This will be the year… 

Michigan proves they are back among the elite college football teams and shows that last year was not a fluke!  They will be back to being a dominant team in the Big Ten. Programs will fear the Wolverines once again.

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.