Michigan Football (1-1) will host SMU (0-2) on Saturday afternoon at the Big House. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. For a complete game preview click here: Michigan vs SMU. Read on for the staff predictions.
This Saturday’s SMU game will be similar to the last week’s game against Western Michigan. Once again, Michigan will be heavily favored to win at the Big House. Additionally, the Wolverine defense will continue to hold its ground, and Shea Patterson will be even more comfortable managing the offense. With this in mind, I have Michigan dominating SMU, 48-10.
This game feels very similar to last week for the Wolverines. While SMU has been unremarkable thus far offensively, their skill players have been successful in the past and new coach Sonny Dykes is known for his offensive mind. They’ll likely figure it out eventually on offense, if not this week. Defensively, they were terrible against the pass one week and terrible against the run the next. Look for Michigan to establish the running game early again before opening the offense up and allowing Shea Patterson to make big plays through the air. Michigan wins 41-13
After an easy victory for Michigan last week against Western Michigan, expect the same to occur against Southern Methodist University this week. With SMU 0-2 heading into the game, Michigan has a straightforward path to a 2-1 record. After SMU barely put a fight against the #15 ranked team in the country, losing to TCU 55-7, expect Michigan to light up the scoreboard this week. Michigan wins 40-10
Big Ten action begins next week and Michigan is still looking to solve three major problems. First, the offensive line continues to be an area of concern. Keep an eye on the rotations this week and watch for James Hudson and Jalen Mayfield to get extended looks at the tackle positions. Second, the interior of the defensive line has a Maurice Hurst sized hole that needs to be plugged. Carlo Kemp played well last week, but the defensive tackles need to get more push and be more disruptive. Third, Quinn Nordin. the sophomore kicker is just 1 of 3 on field goal attempts this season. He needs to get locked in. As for this week, Michigan wins big 48-6
SMU does not have a prolific offense and should be in store for a long day against Michigan’s defense. With the likes of Rashan Gary and Devin Bush flying around, I just can’t see SMU moving the ball consistently. Shea Patterson completed 12 of 15 passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns last week. He has not been asked to throw the ball a lot this year, but if Michigan wants to be successful later on in the season, they are going to have to air the ball out more. Look for him to air it out a bit this week. Michigan wins 55-6
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