Michigan Football (1-0) will take on Cincinnati (1-0) in their home opener Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon and the game will be televised on ABC. The No. 8 ranked Wolverines enter the game as a heavy favorite. Go here for a complete game preview: Michigan vs Cincinnati. Read on for the staff predictions.

Rob White

So far this season Rob is 1-0 picking the results of Michigan games. You can follow Rob on Twitter @isportsRob

“I’ve got no doubt in my mind that we can go out and shock the world,” Cincinnati running back Mike Boone, told Cincinnati.com. “We’re focused this week. Razor-sharp focus. We just want to come out and execute.” He wasn’t talking about the Bearcats unimpressive 26-14 victory over FCS foe Austin Peay last week either. In that game, the Governors out-gained Boone’s team 313 yards to 248. No, Boone was referring to this week’s game against the Wolverines. Of course he can’t say they are going to lose, but why give bulletin board material to the Wolverines?

Look for Michigan’s defense to make things extremely uncomfortable for Boone and his teammates. Wilton Speight and the offense should be able to get into a nice rhythm as well. Despite, Boone’s proclamation Michigan wins big 63-0.

Matt Bartlett

So far this season Matt is 1-0 picking the results of Michigan games. You can follow Matt on Twitter @Martlett19

Michigan will head back to the Ann Arbor this weekend to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincinnati struggled last week in head coach Luke Fickell’s first game with the team. They looked like a team that was in the beginning of the rebuilding stage. They were only able to compile 248 yards of offense, While Austin Peay had 313 yards. Regardless of the stats, Cincinnati did win 26-14.

Look for Michigan to have a big day against Fickell’s new team. Cincinnati’s offense should have a lot of trouble trying to move the ball against the Wolverine defense. Wilton Speight will have a bounce back week as Michigan will cruise to a 45-3 victory.

Rick Polanco

Fresh off a big win against Florida and facing a Cincinnati team that appears to be offensively challenged; Michigan should have no problem rolling to victory this weekend. The old adage that a team improves the most between the first and second game doesn’t bode well for the Bearcats. Expect Michigan to be crisp in the passing game after having a game under their belt. Wilton Speight will make improvements and should be more in rhythm. The offensive line won’t get much of a test this weekend which should bode well for Ty Isaac and Chris Evans. Cincinnati surrendered 224 yards on the ground a week ago against FCS opponent Austin Peay. Defensively, Michigan faces an offense that passed for 151 yards and ran for 97 yards for 248 yards of total offense. Needless to say, this should be a game where the backups get plenty of reps and get them before the fourth quarter. The Defense will need to be fresh as next week presents a bigger test. But for now…Michigan wins 45-14.

Maxwell Tendero

After a dominant defensive showing from the Wolverines last week against Florida, I expect to see more of that quintessential Don Brown defense. Fast, furious, aggressive, and in your face. Bearcats quarterback Hayden Moore protected the football by playing safe last week, but he won’t be able to move the ball and win this game in that fashion. Instead, he will be overwhelmed by the brutality and ferocity of the Michigan defense. On the other side of the ball, the Bearcats gave up 224 yards on the ground last week, and this Saturday will be more of the same. Look for two Michigan running backs to break triple digits. Michigan is absolutley dominant en route to an easy win, 38-7.

Chad Godfrey

So far this season Chad is 8-0 picking the results of Michigan games. You can follow Chad on Twitter @ctgodfrey13

The Michigan Wolverines open their home schedule this week with a first ever meeting with the Cincinnati Bearcats.  During the offseason, the Bearcats hired former Ohio State fill-in head coach Luke Fickell to be their next leader.  Last week the Bearcats were a 50-point favorite to beat Austin Peay.  The Governors were 0-11 in 2016.  Well, after two dropped Bearcat touchdown passes, a missed extra point and a missed field goal, Cincinnati beat Austin Peay 26-14.  The Governors still outgained the Luke and his squad 313-248 and dominated in time of possession by over 15 minutes.  I think it is safe to say that Cincinnati will have to step it up to get a win next week.  It won’t happen.  Michigan throttles the Bearcats as four different running backs will score touchdowns.  Wolverines win 56-6.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.


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