5 predictions for Michigan Football against Northern Illinois

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Cornelius Johnson breaks out (really this time)

With Bell out, Cornelius Johnson is the most productive wideout left on the roster, which is a little worrisome. The Wolverines just don’t have a lot of proven commodities.

While Johnson has been relatively quiet through two games: catching just two passes against Western Michigan and one against Washington, his catch against the Huskies did go for over 30 yards and was a key third-down pickup.

It would be nice to get McNamara and these receivers some confidence heading into conference play and no one needs to get going more than Johnson.

The 6-foot-3, former four-star wideout, has the talent to play in the NFL someday. He can also become the No. 1 receiver this season and with Bell out, he’s got to step up.

On Saturday, he will haul in at least one catch for at least 30 yards and haul in his first touchdown of the season. There will be a few big plays in the passing game, but Johnson will be the leading receiver, although keep an eye on Daylen Baldwin and Roman Wilson, as well as A.J. Henning.