Making the case for No. 1
The Wolverines looked like a national championship contender last week. There have been flashes all season but there have also been a few concerning moments such as the struggles against Bowling Green and the 7-0 start by Rutgers.
Michigan football beat Rutgers 31-7, but things easily could have been 17-10 in the third quarter if Greg Schiano had elected to try a field goal. He didn’t and Mike Sainristil intercepted a pass on the next play, before returning it for a touchdown.
Games can flip on one play. Last week’s game wouldn’t have changed on one play because the Wolverines were so dominant. That’s the team I want to see on Saturday night.
A fast start is imperative. But I want to see four quarters of game control. This Minnesota team could be pesky, but shouldn’t be for the second-ranked Wolverines, at least if they play up to their potential.
Michigan didn’t cover the spread in the first three weeks but has covered in each of the first two Big Ten games. That reflects how well they played.
Will Minnesota be the first to score more than seven points against Michigan? We shall see, but if the Wolverines bring their A game — they should have another restful fourth quarter.