5 predictions for Michigan football vs. Alabama

It's almost time for the Rose Bowl game and here are five predictions (and a score) for Michigan football vs. Alabama.

Dec 30, 2023; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh during Rose Bowl media
Dec 30, 2023; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh during Rose Bowl media / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Jalen Milroe causes Michigan problems

This is the biggest test for me. I'm worried about Michigan being too conversative on offense. McCarthy is a generational quarterback as Jim Harbaugh has said, so use him like one. Alabama certainly won't be afraid to let Milroe make some plays, especially after what he did against Georgia.

It hasn't been all good though. Alabama did almost lose to Auburn and they were beaten by Texas by double digits. However, this is a much different team and they have embraced Milroe. He's going to test the speed of the Michigan defense.

I'd expect a lot of zone and a focus on limiting big plays. Make Alabama earn it down the field and force Milroe to be patient and win with his arm. The pass rush has to win but also has to stay in its lanes. I keep thinking about Drew Allar's success running and this matchup feels like a nightmare.

I feel like Michigan will do a decent job on Milroe, but I also think he runs for over 100 yards. If Michigan doesn't force him into a turnover or two, it might be a tough night.