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

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Michigan vs Rutgers on Sept. 23

Rutgers gave Michigan football a scare last year in Piscataway as the Wolverines actually trailed at halftime before Michael Barrett changed the game with a couple of interceptions and a pick-6. J.J. McCarthy had a great third quarter and the Wolverines ended up winning with ease thanks to a dominant second half.

Things haven’t gone as hoped since Greg Schiano came back but Rutgers has played Michigan tough in each of the past three seasons.  It took overtime for the Wolverines to win in 2020. The 2021 game was too close for comfort and a single-possession game late, in addition to Rutgers leading Michigan in the first half last season.

Michigan is too talented, but the first Big Ten game can always be a battle and the Scarlet Knights prove to be sort of pesky once again in a Wolverines win.

Michigan 41, Rutgers 17 (4-0) 

Michigan at Nebraska on Sept. 30 (W)

The Wolverines will get a week off before taking a trip to Nebraska. This game will be played at Noon which is an advantage for Michigan football.

Nebraska has a new head coach in Matt Rhule and this team should be better. Self-inflicted wounds have killed the Huskers in recent years, but some of that should cease.

Jeff Sims is a talented quarterback and tight end Thomas Fidone is a name to know. He was the No. 2 recruit out of high school at his position before getting injured. This game will come down to the trenches though and Michigan football is just too good up front, on both sides of the ball.

Michigan 34, Nebraska 20 (5-0)