Location: Big House
Weather: 70% Rain - 76 degrees
Line: Michigan -19
Michigan and Colorado have played 4 times and Michigan leads 3-1. You would think there probably isn't much history to the series. We know that 1 win was one of the most historic wins in Big House history. We will see that replay enough on Saturday, so no need to mention it here further.
Colorado is no push over folks. Yes, Michigan is nearly a 3 TD favorite but I believe Colorado will give the Wolverines some issues. They have experience in the defensive backfield and a senior QB. Their DC Jim Leavitt worked for Jimmy in San Fran and knows his offense well.
Michigan played two poor teams in the first two weeks and got a spot on ESPN and ABC nationally. A 2-0 PAC 12 team comes to town and the game ends up on BTN. Which is a clear sign there is a ton of big games on TV this weekend.
Tale of the Tape
Wilton vs Colorado DB's = Close win for Wilton
M DLine vs. Colorado OLine = Michigan DLine
Colorado QB Sefo Liufau vs. Peppers = Peppers
Coaching = Michigan
Colorado will push the tempo and spread the Wolverines out. It's no secret what the Wolverines have struggled with in the past. Michigan and Don Brown has it's first real test of the year. We will see what he has in store for QB Sefo Liufau. I hope Jourdan is back and healthy, because I think Colorado will test the Michigan secondary as much as possible.
I expect that the Colorado coaching staff, noticed how the UCF QB's got loose last week and will run Sefo has much as possible (he has 120 yards rushing in two games). I also assume Don Brown fixed that issue during the week.
Say I love Aspen in the Winter if........................
- Wilton is accurate and hitting Michigan's talented WR's and TE's
- Michigan finds some type of running game
- The defense is prepared for the up tempo spread
- Michigan's D creates 3 turnovers and has 0 on offense
- Colorado's offense looks a lot like Indiana's
- A senior QB leads a team with nothing to lose
- Wilton is turning the ball over
- Michigan struggles to run the ball
I think this game could be an ugly one. I hope Michigan prepares to come out and play like they did in the opener and not against UCF. They can't over look this team. Colorado has an experienced team and it's a program on the rise. With that said, they have lost their last 22 match-ups against ranked teams. Michigan should win this game but if they over look the Buffalos for Penn State, Michigan will find themselves in a close game.
I think Michigan does run the ball and finds match-up problems with their talented tight ends. Colorado again will be able to move the ball between the 20's but will find a hard time scoring touchdowns against a talented Michigan defense when the field shrinks. Jourdan Lewis plays and gets a pick. Peppers spy's on Sefo Liufau and doesn't let him scramble much. Michigan pulls away in the second half.
Michigan 34 Colorado 13