No. 4 Michigan vs. Rutgers
The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan vs. Rutgers:
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 45, Rutgers 9
I’m sorry. Why? Because I’m here to remind you what happened the last time Michigan traveled to Piscataway to face Rutgers. Not because I’m a terrible person, but because… well just keep reading.
Rutgers’ students stormed the field at High Point Solutions Stadium after beating a 2-3 (0-1) disgrace of a Michigan football team, 26-24.
For me, it was one of the lowest points of my fandom. I had felt defeated before, but this game is what ultimately put me over the edge. I had lost all excitement for the season, and feared the worst for my favorite program.
Fast-forward two years later, and HOLY BALLS. Michigan is apparently a National Championship contender, coming off of its first top ten victory since 2008. The Wolverines face a disastrous Scarlet Knights squad that has literally tried everything it can to make this a rivalry game. What a time to be alive!
I expect a blowout—one that is much needed after a low-scoring thriller against Wisconsin. Jabrill Peppers will find the end zone in his home state, and Michigan will put up a million yards on offense.
Also, 6-0? Something the Wolverines have only achieved twice since 2006.
Kate Elizabeth Queram – @KateElizabethNR
Michigan 59, Rutgers 0
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 45, Rutgers 3
Rutgers won’t be shut out for a second straight week, but it’ll be a close call.
The Scarlet Knights got absolutely pummeled 58-0 by Ohio State last Saturday in Columbus, but they return home to where they have been playing their best football. They are 2-1 at home with the only loss coming in a close 14-7 affair against Iowa. But just because they are home doesn’t mean they won’t get destroyed by Michigan, because they WILL.
UM is coming off a 14-7 win of its own against the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers in what was a Big 10 classic. Jourdan Lewis made the interception of the season and Channing Stribling tacked on another two. The defense played lights out the whole game and really only gave up a touchdown because of the field position they had to play with after an interception by Wilton Speight. If the defense gave up just one touchdown to Wisconsin, they shouldn’t give up ANY to Rutgers.
Look for the offense to play to its full capacity on Saturday, even if they may play in Hurricane Matthew. Whether they adjust the game time or not, Michigan will be ready to take the torch from the Buckeyes and continue the slaughtering of the Scarlet Knights’ defense.
David Mormino – @BookOfMormino
Michigan 56, Rutgers 10
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (I mean that in the nicest way possible, Jim)
This is a homecoming for several Michigan players, as they’ll be returning to their home state, where they’ll be looking to shine. Rutgers fans can be petty and say, “they would’ve went to Rutgers!” But it isn’t the case. Jabrill Peppers has said he’d have went to Stanford. Rashan Gary was almost a Clemson Tiger. Neither of those schools are remotely close to Jersey. I think there’s a hole in that fence, pal. However, these former number 1 and number 2 ESPN 300 recruits are not the only boys heading back home. Jawann Bushell-Beatty is now the starting left tackle after an ugly injury to Grant Newsome. He’ll be looking to impress the coaching staff as he slides into the starting lineup. Linebackers coach Chris Partridge is the former coach of the trio, all representing Northern New Jersey’s Paramus Catholic. I can continue, I won’t.
It looks like the weather will be a factor this week, and on top of it, a it’s a night crowd for this game. Having a kickoff once the sun goes down is something I love, but even more than night football, I love drunk frat boys screaming their faces off, knowing their football team is about to get waxed. I look forward to it every week, and this week, we get to see it from the Rutgers team to take this honor kill, while Sig Pi’s finest try not to blackout too early, and watch the beating these unfortunate souls must endure. (Rush TKE)
Rutgers loses by a million, and the fans are reminded, again, why beer is cheaper than football tickets. Harbaugh and friends hang a fifty-burger on Chris Ash on ESPN2 Saturday. 56-10 in a sloppy, wet, gross, horrible, no-good night game at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Kullen Logsdon – @kullen_logsdon
Michigan 42, Rutgers 3
Let’s be real for a second, this Rutgers teams is straight garbage. In no way, shape or form should the Scarlet Knights have ever been invited into the Big Ten, if looking at a program stand point. The ONLY reason Rutgers is in the Big Ten, is because of the need by Jim Delaney to expand to the East coast. Now, I’m not complaining. The move helped Michigan get Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary, but I can’t help but cringe watching Rutgers embarrass the conference every time they take the field. The Knights and their fan base also talked a lot of smack towards the Wolverines in the off-season and Harbaugh hasn’t forgotten.
Looking to Saturday, this one is already over. Rutgers has one of the worst offenses in the country compared to Michigan’s defense, which may be the best in the country. The Wolverines will run for at least 250 yards and I expect Speight to throw for 200 more. I also think Peppers will score on either offense or special teams in is return to New Jersey. As for a BOLD prediction, I think Jehu Chesson finally re-gains his form from the end of last season and goes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. By the time the clock hits zero, expect a 42-3 final score.
Craig Compton – @CraigCompton_
Michigan 49, Rutgers 7
I still can’t get over that Jourdan Lewis interception! What a great win for Michigan. This week they head to New Jersey to take on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. This game could traditionally be considered a “trap” game. Michigans coming off a big emotional win, traveling on the road for the first time this year, and playing a “bad” Rutgers team….in a night game.
Harbaugh has these boys playing for a Big Ten championship, and they are as hungry as ever. I can almost guarantee that a 2 win team is not going to stand in their way. I think this will be a big game for Michigan, and they will roll to the tune of a 49-7 victory. Go Blue!
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 45, Rutgers 0
Michigan travels to New Jersey to face a Rutgers team that is struggling terribly. The last time they were in that stadium, Rutgers got the upset victory, 26-24. Do NOT expect the same outcome. This is now a Michigan team that is rolling with a full head of steam. I fully expect this to be a game that is completely dominated by the Wolverines in every statistic. The Wolverine defense is more than capable of shutting out the Rutgers inept offense. Michigan’s offense will have its way throughout the game, even when the second unit enters the game in the third quarter. Look for them to eclipse the 500 yard mark, in which 300 yards will be in the air from Wilton Speight and his 3 touchdowns. The stable of running backs will each have one or two break away runs, and Khalid Hill should continue his scoring from inside the 5-yard line. Jabrill Peppers will get plenty of opportunities to run back a punt return as Rutgers will have several three-and-outs. This top ten defense will record at least four sacks and two turnovers, and hold Rutgers to less than 150 total yards. Not much else to say, Michigan wins big and improves to 6-0!
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 69, Rutgers 0