TBHR Roundtable: Michigan vs. Hawaii

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Game Predictions: Michigan vs. Hawaii
The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan vs. Hawaii. There should be no surprise to who we pick to win:
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 41, Hawaii 10
Starting quarterback: Wilton Speight

MICHIGAN FOOTBALL IS BACK. Fiiiiiinally. The wait between bowl season and opening kickoff literally feels longer than the waiting list for Green Bay Packers season tickets (That wait is 30 years, BTW).  I believe that Saturday will be the start of something special for the Wolverines. An undefeated season? Who knows, but Michigan is in a position to prove the hype is real. I think the Wolverines will legitimize their case week-by-week, starting Saturday.

For week one, it’s simple: Execute what you’ve practiced all fall and be better than your opposition. Hawaii (who did put up 31 in a loss to Cal last weekend), is a great first opponent. The program is hungry, but well away from doing something special. The Rainbow Warriors, and new head coach Nick Rolovich, see having a game under their belt as an advantage. Sure, that’s an advantage, but this is Jim Harbaugh’s state. The last time Harbaugh wasn’t prepared? Never.

Hawaii used to be fun to watch—they could throw the pigskin around with the best of ‘em thanks to guys like Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan. But good luck traveling to Ann Arbor—a city that is more alive than ever, and more than ready to scream as the Maize and Blue trot out onto the field wearing “Jumpman” jerseys.

Hawaii scores, but Michigan steamrolls the Rainbow Warriors. Look for De’Veon Smith to be a force, claiming that RB1 spot for the rest of the season. I don’t expect anything fancy from Jim Harbaugh, just a simple, “Hello, the band is back and ready to win a National Championship.”

Strap in, we might witness something special in week one.

 

Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 31, Hawaii 17
Starting quarterback: John O’Korn

Hawaii put up 31 points against the California Golden Bears last week, so this time around I think the Wolverines will put up 31 points — there’s no real logic there but where’s the logic in any prediction this early in the season? Since it’s the first game of 2016, and because the starting quarterback spot is still a question mark, I think Michigan will have its fair share of struggles on both sides of the ball. Hawaii will keep it interesting for a little bit, but Jim Harbaugh and Co. should be able to put the Rainbow Warriors away shortly after halftime. 

 

Kullen Logsdon – @Kullen_Logsdon
Michigan 45, Hawaii 7
Starting quarterback: Wilton Speight

Entering year-two of the Jim Harbaugh era and expectations couldn’t be higher for the Michigan football team. After going 10-3 last season, the Wolverines bring back almost every one and added a top five recruiting class in the offseason. The one question in terms of the depth chart is who will start at quarterback, but I believe it will be junior Wilton Speight who takes the first snap against Hawaii on Saturday. Hawaii is coming off a curb stomping from a very underwhelming California team at a neutral site and now will face their toughest test of the season. To put it lightly, it will not go well for them. I think Speight throws for 280 yards and three scores as Michigan takes the game 45-7 in front of 110,000 Maize and Blue fans. New Defensive Coordinator Don Brown will have his defense clicking on all cylinders as the Wolverines force three turnovers—one for a pick-six.

A few things to look for: How will the running game look? How much will the freshmen play? And how healthy is Jehu Chesson? For Michigan to meet their lofty goals, I believe these three things are crucial going forward. However, against the Warriors, these things won’t make a difference.

 

David Mormino – @BookOfMormino
Michigan 42, Hawaii 3
Starting quarterback: Wilton Speight

I wanted it to be Johnny O’Korn. I thought it would be. But I have since changed my stance. Wilton Speight is the guy I chose to be the leader of this offense at quarterback. Rarely do you see a guy who has experience, but is still young enough to develop into a star; they may have that with Speight. He’s shown he can handle playing well in crunch time, we saw that late against Minnesota. Something that I think was overlooked last season was when Jim Harbaugh went with Speight over Shane Morris, when Jake Rudock went down last season, albeit briefly. Brady Hoke used Morris as Devin Gardner, but he was essentially redshirted last season with Harbaugh. Time will tell, however.

Now, the fun part. College football is back after a long layoff. To Hawaii, I offer this advice: Get some rest, and pack a lunch. It’s going to be a long day in Ann Arbor, especially if their first game against California was any indication. Not to mention the constant traveling may come back to haunt this team. They were in Australia last week, flew to Hawaii, and now back to Ann Arbor. It’s nearly impossible to think a student athlete’s body clock can adjust in such a strange situation, let alone professional athletes. Oh, and by the way, they play in front of 114,000 people, against the seventh ranked team in the country… With arguably the nation’s best defense. Hard to pick against Michigan here, and you’d be silly to do so. There are too many weapons on offense, and too many playmakers on defense for this team to be let down week one. I think Harbaugh puts his foot on the gas and doesn’t stop until Hawaii quits, and say they didn’t know they were going to #TasteThePainbow this week… Even though basically everyone knows what will happen. I say grab some refreshments, and tell your children, “this is what Michigan football looked like when I was a kid.”

 

Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 38, Hawaii 0
Starting quarterback: John O’Korn

Yes, I am predicting a shutout in the first game of the season! The Michigan defense will be one of the best in the country this year. They bring back almost all of the defensive line, and entire secondary. Last year the Wolverines recorded three shutouts despite having some key injuries. Now with everyone healthy—plus the addition of Rashan Gary and other key recruits, good luck moving the football, Hawaii.  This incredibly deep line will shut down the Rainbow Warriors run game and record at least four sacks. All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis should be able to pick off Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey, who threw one interception last week against Cal.

Look for O’Korn to lead the offense on several touchdown drives assisted by a very good ground game by multiple Wolverine running backs. De’Veon Smith will get the start and the bulk of the carries but expect to see major involvement by Drake Johnson as well. The last game Michigan played vs. Florida, the offensive line dominated and created big holes for the running backs. I expect to see the same thing against a Hawaii defense that gave up 189 yards on the ground last week.
Once the game is in full control, which should be by middle of the third quarter, we will hopefully see a great number of backups get some game time on both sides of the ball.  At the end of the day, Michigan fans will be ecstatic with getting a week one shutout!

 

Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 38 , Hawaii 0
Starting quarterback: Wilton Speight

The excitement surrounding Michigan Football hasn’t been this high since 2007, and I refuse to talk about what happened that opening day. I also believe that the team Michigan played that day is better than this Hawaii team.

As far as the game is concerned, there may be a bit of rust all together. Thankfully, Michigan opens with an opponent at home and not away at Utah. Therefore, so the rust will be masked. I’m tempted to give the Michigan defense an opening day goose-egg, but Hawaii scored 31 last Friday night in Sydney against a well-below average Cal defense.

The offense should be able to run all over this Hawaii defense. Cal hung 51 on them and trampled Hawaii on the ground. On Twitter, after Cal’s first drive, I called out saying Michigan better gain over 300 yards rushing. Well, I still believe that and part of me wants to up it to 350 yards, but I’ll give Hawaii a break.

I am excited to see this defensive line go against Hawaii’s offensive line. This was the one thing that Hawaii was able to hang their hat on. They had time to throw and had some lanes to run through. However, the Michigan defensive line should literally be light years ahead of Cal’s.

I think Michigan will pitch the opening day shut out. The run game will chew Hawaii apart. There won’t be much pressure on Speight in game one, so Michigan wins comfortably.

 

Craig Compton – @CraigCompton_
Michigan 34, Hawaii 0
Starting quarterback: Wilton Speight

Michigan football is back! This is a day that seems like it has taken years to come. Michigan is going to run early, and run often against the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. I see this being a huge game for Michigan on the ground. De’veon Smith is going to get the start, and he will run hard, and effective behind that big offensive line. I see him rushing for right around 100 yards and a score. He’ll eventually give way to other backs in the third quarter after Michigan has secured a big lead. I think Harbaugh is going to use a flurry of running backs in this one (mainly to keep guys fresh), but honestly it won’t matter who is out there—Michigan will have a big day on the ground.

As far as the aerial attack, I see Wilton Speight having an “ok” day. What I mean by that is that I see him throwing for maybe 150 yards and a touchdown (to Jake Butt). Much like Rudock started last year, I don’t see Harbaugh opening the full playbook anytime soon. I think Michigan will run very basic patterns, very basic routes, to get Wilton comfortable in the pocket. They aren’t going to ask him to do a ton, because like I said, he will be able to turn and hand the ball off. The offense will move the ball just fine. I see Michigan rolling in this one, thanks to a shutout from the superb, Wolverine defense. We will call it a 34-0 shutout victory for the Wolverines, as freshman kicker Quinn Nordin will add two field goals.

 

Jim Salow – @Jsalow14
Michigan 38 , Hawaii 10
Starting quarterback: John O’Korn

The question of who fills the QB slot and how many snaps Jabrill Peppers takes on both sides of the ball are obviously must-see-TV on Saturday, however I’ll also be keeping my eye on Jourdan Lewis’s performance. If he can stay healthy and help anchor coverage for the defense, there’s no limit to what the boys can accomplish this year.


Michigan vs. Hawaii. It’s on!

Welcome back college football. We missed you.

Sincerely,

TBHR

P.S. Listen to Derek Devine and Von Lozon discuss this upcoming season and week one on Devine Intervention:

Devine Intervention: Michigan Football is back

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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.