Wojo, Chengelis, Charboneau break down the MSU-Ohio State and UM-Rutgers games this weekend.
The Detroit News
Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s Michigan vs. Rutgers game at HighPoint.com Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. (3:30 p.m., BTN/950).
Angelique S. Chengelis: It’s easy to say, oh, this is another bye week for Michigan, and maybe that’s the case. After all, Rutgers is winless in the Big Ten and the last time the Wolverines played there two years ago, they won 78-0. They say they’re focused on each game and not looking ahead, but will the Scarlet Knights keep their attention? They will. Enough. It will be interesting to see how they use Shea Patterson now that backup Dylan McCaffrey is out with a broken collarbone. Michigan, 38-3
Matt Charboneau: It’s hard to imagine this one being a game in any capacity. Rutgers has been getting wiped out on an almost weekly basis and is now tasked with trying to slow the hottest team in the Big Ten. Don’t count on that happening as the Wolverines begin a two-week tune-up for Ohio State by rolling over the Scarlet Knights and getting plenty of snaps for a lot of young players they’re excited about. Michigan, 56-10
John Niyo: It’s not a fair fight, Michigan’s defense against Rutgers’ offense. But assuming this game goes as expected, it’s a chance for Jim Harbaugh and his staff to get the backups some extensive work, especially at the quarterback position. Michigan, 55-7
Bob Wojnowski: This is viewed as a complete mismatch and it should be, although the Wolverines might hit an emotional lull at some point. They should keep it basic, protect Shea Patterson and just pound away. Michigan’s defense leads the nation in all sorts of categories, and doesn’t figure to let up against a Rutgers offense ranked last in scoring. The Wolverines won two years ago 78-0, but they won’t do anything too extravagant here. Michigan, 48-7