I know most of us keep saying”this needs to be the year.” As we all know, the”season” I’m talking about is your period Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh eventually defeats Ohio State University. Harbaugh does have three 10-win seasons in 3 years in Ann Arbor but is 0-for-4 versus the Buckeyes.
But if there is a calendar year, since Ohio State has a new trainer, a new quarterback, and the Wolverines return plenty of talent, it’ll have to be this season. Michigan brings back eight starters on offense with just six of these being all-conference at their position.
In case you have heard my Against All Odds podcast I touted Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson for Heisman past year and I am doing it again this year. This is the one quarterback who will win the Heisman if his statistics are not off the charts.
Patterson’s leadership is incontrovertible, and when the Wolverines stay in contention for the tournament while hammering the likes of Notre Dame and Ohio State and place up 11 wins, then he would not only be the toast of town, in reality the whole state of Michigan would have him penciled in to its hardware.
Patterson had the most passing touchdowns for a Michigan quarterback (22) since Chad Henne in 2006. He had been second in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency. Patterson and his teammates were first converting them an astonishing 49 percent of their moment.
Michigan includes four coming offensive linemen and the duo at Nico Collins along with Donovan Peoples-Jones . Those two combined for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Running backs Zach Charbonnet and Christian Turner will discuss time.
This Michigan offense was second in the seminar while setting up 35 points per game (10 more a game compared to 2017 team) and may be even more potent this campaign.
Defensively they’d the second-best pass defense in the nation and also were No. 1 in yards allowed. The Wolverines are very proud of submitting a protection. Defensive Josh Metellus returns for his senior season back. Michigan was headed by metellus and was tops in passes defended last year.
This Michigan group is so piled, not only will the Wolverines reach at least 10 wins however they could run the table to get Harbaugh. However, their schedule is far from an easy one.
They will get challenges as they have to go to Madison, Wisconsin to shoot on a Badger group that is scrappy and perform an Army team that took Oklahoma to overtime in 2018. The next week, in the center of the season, they are in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania and then get Notre Dame. Penn State could be down a little season replace quarterback only and Trace McSorley return one player. Revenge is for the Buckeyes however also for the Irish not only about the Wolverines’ heads . Michigan lost in South Bend last season by seven, but the game of this year is at the Big House.
Finally, we come to the showdown vs Ohio State on November 30 in Ann Arbor. It’s likely they will require the Buckeye game to go OVER 10 total wins although I feel Michigan will have at least 10 wins by then. Thus, we possibly could need Harbaugh to conquer the Buckeyes to win this wager.
Loads of prognosticators (me included) thought this past year was that the time Harbaugh would do it versus Ohio State but instead the Buckeyes suspended 62 on them at the Horseshoe. This is a different Michigan group which hasn’t forgotten the outcome of last year. Michigan and also harbaugh get revenge on the Buckeyes and also also the defense along with Patterson leading the way, this team could reach 12 wins and qualify for your College Football Playoff.
Odds in BetOnline as of August 28
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