GBMWolverine: Michigan Football -- Michigan at Northwestern -- Predictions

Posted at 6:00am — 10/8/2011

GBMWolverine: Michigan Football — Michigan at Northwestern — Predictions

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Tough call Northwestern is getting healthy/star quarterback is back. Michigan is improving weekly, but this is first road game. Just a hunch but think Michigan wins in a squeaker.

Michigan 35
Northwestern 31


Michigan and Northwestern will most likely be a fun game to watch if you are a causal fan turning in to watch. Michigan will want more order than disorder, Northwestern the opposite. Either team can win but I am going with

Michigan 31
Northwestern 24


First road game of the year along with being the first trip for these coaches and players together.

Funny things have seen happen when playing at Northwestern in the past.

This isn’t the typical Northwestern team. They are lead by Dan Persa who is healthy once again and at this time last year he was being mentioned as a “dark horse” for the Heisman.

Michigan seems to be improving on a weekly basis. Can they continue that trend as the games get a little tougher each week in the Big Ten conference.

Think Michigan wants to prove that being 5-0 this year is a lot different than in the past couple of years where Michigan started off well, but stumbled in Big Ten conference play.

Should be a close game, but think Michigan pulls out late and wins comfortably in the fourth quarter. This should be a good road test along with a pretty friendly crowd which will probably have the biggest Michigan contingent on the road this away football season.

Michigan 38
Northwestern 17


No prediction this week.

Mike Fitzpatrick

On the road we go! At 7pm Saturday night my tummy will be churning as we take the field in Evanston, leaving behind the friendly confines of The Big House for the first time this year.

Even though we are 5-0, I still have more questions than answers about our Wolverines. Is our defense really making strides? Can the offense continue to get running yards from someone else not named Denard? Can Denard and the receivers get the passing game in sync? I am certain of one thing – we’ll have a much better idea regarding most of those questions after Saturday night.

Offensive Keys – Straight up – the Northwestern Defense hasn’t stopped anyone this year. I think we’ll move the ball well and be able to put ample points on the board. Look for continued improvement in the running game from Toussaint, Smith, and the very impressive freshmen Thomas Rawls. Illinois found their passing game last week as they torched the Wildcat secondary. This should be a nice opportunity for Denard to gain some confidence and get big chunks in the passing game.

Defensive Keys – Dan Persa is one of those athletes that makes everyone around him better. His value to Northwestern cannot be overstated. He sees the field well, makes great decisions, and is a gritty and tough QB. The D must pursue Persa, stay in their lanes, and pound him early and often. If we can nullify Persa, we could suck the life out of the Wildcat offense. Other than Persa, this offense doesn’t frighten me.

I think the D has turned the corner and will show us a strong performance on Saturday night.


Michigan 41
Northwestern 17


Michigan 31
Northwestern 20


Northwestern is a bit of an enigma- well coached, good skill position talent… but has been inconsistent.

I like our chances of going out there and winning- except that this is the first road game for the team. Ryan Field isn’t the toughest place to play, yet strange things happen there.

My gut feeling is, Michigan has the confidence and talent to win but will struggle. It is imperative that they don’t turn the ball over and the defense continues to improve. Denard finds his passing touch.

Michigan 27
Northwestern 24

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