5 Predictions for Michigan Football vs Iowa in Big Ten title game

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4. Michigan’s defensive front dominates

On paper, Iowa seems like a good matchup for the Wolverines because they also specialize in the same kind of old-school football Michigan does.

Yet, the Wolverines have one big advantage. Iowa has the best center in the country, but their tackles have issues and the entire offensive line has struggled. Iowa has allowed more tackles for loss than any team in the Big Ten and nearly 2.5 sacks per game.

And all season long, teams have been unable to deal with Hutchinson and David Ojabo. The two are expected to be top-10 picks and they have been playing their best ball down the stretch.

Chris Hinton, Mazi Smith, and Mike Morris have also been impressive in the front seven, and whether it’s tackles for loss or sacks, you can expect Michigan to ring up some solid numbers on Saturday against an offensive line that has only generated 3.3 yards per rushing attempt.

Michigan football has won games all season with its defensive line and that won’t change Saturday when everything is on the line for the Wolverines.

Michigan will get multiple sacks and multiple tackles for loss, likely at least 10 total.