Week Two Staff Predictions

How will the Wolverines respond to their shocking loss at the hands of Appalachian State? As the team puts final touches on preparation for the Oregon Ducks, the staff here at GoBlueWolverine the Magazine provide their own opinions on how the game this Saturday will play out.

The Wolverines prepare to rebound after the season opening loss to the Mountaineers. What do the staff of GoBlueWolverine that Magazine see in store for the upcoming weekend.

Tom Beaver
Michigan bounces back, but Oregon is no patsy. There could be some points scored in this one ...
42-28 Michigan

Sam Webb
Michigan suffered breakdowns in every phase of the game versus Appalachian State. One thing that is a virtual certainty this week is that a Lloyd Carr coached team will not play that sloppily (in terms of penalties and mental lapses) two weeks in a row. That however, does not mean they will beat the Ducks. The Michigan defense was abysmal in the first half versus App State thanks to poor safety and linebacker player. One secondary player took poor angles on two receptions in the first half, both of which led directly to touchdowns. Meanwhile, at the linebacker position over-pursuit and poor gap integrity contributed to surrendering 115 first half rushing yards. Better gap discipline and personnel changes in the secondary helped limit that same rushing attack to 45 yards on the ground in the second half. On offense the Michigan running game was at midseason form…when Mike Hart was in the game. It was pedestrian otherwise. It must be potent against an Oregon defense that surrendered 315 yards rushing at home to Houston last week. The Ducks will likely have to stack the box to slow down Michigan's ground attack. When that happens, the Wolverines and specifically quarterback Chad Henne MUST do a better job of making the visitors pay. There will be big play opportunities through the air (just like there were last week). He has to capitalize. The defense showed the ability to at least be decent in the second half…and they need to build on that in this game. That being said, this Oregon offense is similar to Appalachian State with better talent. They will move ball on a defense that doesn't have nearly as many playmakers as it did last year. Look for a high scoring affair and for Henne to get on track.
Michigan 38, Oregon 33

Bret Osburn
After the loss to the Mountaineers, it's obvious the weakness on the Michigan team is the defensive side of the ball. In order to protect the defense, the Michigan offense needs to control the clock and keep the defensive line well rested. If the defense can't get off the field quickly on drives, it could turn into a shoot out.
Michigan 35, Oregon 31

Josh Turel
After a shocking loss last week, this game is very important for the team to get out of the negative spotlight for at least for a minute.That being said, I simply cannot predict a Michigan victory given the defensive disaster of last week. I look at this game and I see pretty much the same offense with much more talent at the skill positions. A week is not long enough to correct the types of mistakes I saw last week. If Michigan is going to win, it's on the offense to outscore Oregon.
Oregon-38 Michigan-27

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