Final game-by-game predictions for Michigan football in 2023

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Sep 3, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Braiden McGregor (17) rushes on defense against the Colorado State Rams at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Michigan vs UNLV on Sept. 9 (W)

UNLV has a new head coach in Barry Odom, the former Missouri headman. He was the DC at Arkansas for the past three seasons and will now take his shot at turning around the Rebels.

Michigan football should have an even bigger talent advantage in this game and the fact that UNLV lost a ton of experience from its offensive line has to be a point of concern because the Wolverines are elite on the defensive line.

Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards should run all over these dudes, and frankly, if all goes well, should be resting after halftime.

Michigan football 56, UNLV 10 (2-0) 

Michigan vs Bowling Green on Sept. 16 (W)

Bowling Green was a bowl team last season and it will have a former SEC starter at quarterback in Connor Bazelak, who was also at Indiana.

That shouldn’t scare Michigan football fans. Ta’Ron Keith is a talented back and the offensive line should be pretty good with plenty of experience returning.

But Bowling Green ranked outside the top 100 in scoring defense last season. The offense also struggled in pass protection. The Falcons also allowed 4.4 yards per carry a season ago, which doesn’t bode well against Michigan’s elite running back tandem, maybe the best in a decade. 

Michigan 45, Bowling Green 13 (3-0)