Michigan Football: Michigan at Northwestern — Staff Predictions

Posted at 7:00am — 11/16/2013

Michigan Football: Michigan at Northwestern — Staff Predictions

GBMWolverine Readers:
Here is our take for the game today. What is your predictions … agree or disagree with us? Come to the message board and make your prediction.

In this game something has to give for both teams.

Nov 9, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess (87) is tackled by Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive back Andrew Green (11) in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Nebraska won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

ErocWolverine:

Well how do you predict this game.

What team will show up and quite frankly you could add both teams to this list, not just Michigan.

Michigan is playing on the road so do you automatically pick Northwestern even though they are 0-5 in the Big Ten?

Been proven wrong the last couple of weeks, but I got to believe with their backs against the wall along with most of the fans against this team that team 134 will come out with the “band of brothers” type of attitude of us against the rest of the world and put together a winning combination.

They need it, the coaches need it, and the fan-base needs it. Not sure they deserve it, but they need it.

Seems like the Michigan fans are putting the past 6-7 years of problems solely on this team and kind of already forgotten what Coach Hoke and staff did when they arrived by going 11-2, winning a BCS bowl game, the Sugar Bowl and having a pretty good year.

With all that said and done, today’s game is about this team. Can they run the ball, can they protect the quarterback, and can the quarterback make smart decisions and take what the defense gives them?

Northwestern coming off a bye week will that help them along with get some of their players healthy?

Going with heart more than gut today and think somehow the Michigan team puts it together. Devin needs to break his tendencies because teams have seen him enough now to know what he is going to do when pressure comes and that is he cannot handle it, won’t step up into the pocket, and usually rolls backwards where a DE is waiting for him at a bigger loss on the play. He also needs to take what he can get and not try and make the big play.

Just play football!!

Why score so high? Usually when these two teams play they score a lot of points. For Michigan to do so maybe the defense will take over and score points since the offense has been struggling to get the ball into the endzone.

Michigan 34
Northwestern 27

Nov 9, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) runs the ball in the second half against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan Stadium. Nebraska won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

WerlsWolverine:

Well where can this team go from here? This is a make or break game for many reasons. Several goals are still intact if they win this game, but the main goals have been lost for the year. Can the team recover?

Devin Gardner needs to make better decisions and just go out there and play football. Simply put, if not, than put Shane Morris into the game to get him some real reps and prepare for a quarterback competition not only for the rest of this season, but for next year as well.

The defense needs to play a lot more aggressive along with blitz a lot more this year. Cannot understand why Mattison has went so conservative this season in play calling because whenever he has went soft it seemed to burn us.

Somehow this team wins, don’t ask me how, but they find a way to win and get a little smile on their face and get ready for the next couple of weeks.

Michigan 27
Northwestern 24

Nov 9, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Jake Butt (88) is forced out of bounds by Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste (16) in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Nebraska won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

YostMeister

While disappointed with the lack of progression, especially on the O-line, I think the general consensus has always been that this program was a year or two away from being competitive for the B1G Ten Title.

That said, the three losses Michigan has suffered has exposed weaknesses that continue to get exploited more and more each week.

I expect NW to impose the same type of defensive pressure on the offense. Devin Gardner is playing injured and is suffering from a lack of confidence. I also think NW, even with a depleted offense, will spread Michigan out defensively and use the air to move the ball.

I am painfully expecting Michigan to lose this game because of the ineptness the offense has shown and the troubles they have had playing on the road. My heart will always be Blue… but until proven otherwise, my head says the Wolverines are in trouble the remainder of the season.

Michigan 10
Northwestern 27

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Topics: #GoBlue, Big Ten Conference, Coach Brady Hoke, Football, Go Blue, Michigan Football, Michigan Wolverines, Northwestern Wildcats

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