Michigan Football: UMass vs. Michigan Wolverines — GBMWolverine Staff Predictions
The staff at GBMWolverine have made their predictions and also gave their comments on the game today at 3:30pm at Michigan Stadium.
Former Michigan player Ron Kramer’s #87 jersey will be honored with the “Michigan Football Legend” distinction in conjunction with the game. A two-time consensus All-American (1955-56) and three-time All-Big Ten first team selection (1954-56).
Kramer was a standout two-way player, seeing time at offensive and defensive end, running back, quarterback, kicker and receiver, often in the same game. The former All-Pro tight end was a nine-time letterman in three sports at Michigan: football, basketball and track. Kramer led the Wolverines in scoring for two seasons on the gridiron, and did the same in basketball.
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Time to get things clicking and getting ready for the rest of the season.
The offense needs to find a rhythm, defense needs to find confidence, and the team needs a good comfortable win to not only build confidence throughout the team, but to get other players some game-reps which might be needed later in the year.
This game should give everybody some relief and look forward to the Notre Dame game next weekend.
Also should tell what freshman will play and which ones will red-shirt.
A lot of players should see action today and will be great to see the #87 in Michigan Stadium.
No prediction sent in this week.
Mike Fitzpatrick (TheMichiganManPodcast)
The last time the Minutemen came to The Big House it was much closer than expected. I don’t see that kind of a game this year. The Minutemen will begin play in the MAC very soon, and are now BCS level. They are still a bad football team, which has to be expected as they transition. This will be a good opportunity, and maybe the last this year, to get a lot of players on the field, build confidence, and get ready for what lies ahead.
Offense: Expect to see plenty of Fitz tomorrow. The O line needs the work, especially for continuity reasons. Fitz needs to find his rythem too. Look for Denard to have a nice passing day, run at will, and get the receivers plenty of practice.
Defense: We should see a lot of young faces again this week. Six Freshmen saw playing time last week, and looked pretty good. Even though we have struggled mightily in the first two games, we should be able to shut down Michael Cox and the UMass spread. If not….I will be very concerned, given that Indiana manhandled this team last weekend.
If you’re looking for a game to relax and get a glimpse of the future, this one should be the ticket. The real work starts next week in South Bend. GO BLUE!
Michigan welcomes back former player Michael Cox, and his return will be much like that of a visit to your estranged family, one of good intent and bad results. UMASS has been pummeled in its first two games, and having perused the entire blood-letting at the hands of IU it is clear Mike is still Mike – less a couple wildcat formations and draws – his preferred running direction is toward the sidelines vice end-zone and thus his estrangement from UM.
UMASS will win: If they can pass, and their defense which is like RR’s on Benadryl can actually play assignment football.
UM will win – Well period, it’s not an if – just whether they will cover the 45.5 Vegas has them winning by.
I hope the team gains the following this weekend:
1. Defensive confidence.
2. Work on the offense sans Denard Robinson.
3. No significant injuries.
Michigan should roll the Minutemen. No more breathers after this game.
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