I'm starting this thread to give everyone the chance to look stupid and to talk about something other than the horrors of Happy Valley.
My (probably stupid) predictions:
1. Both teams struggle to pass b/c of the wind (see thread below), and this helps cause a relatively low-scoring game.
2. Michigan struggles against Illinois' ground game early but stiffens up as the game goes on.
3. Illinois comes out with terrible memories of last year and is fully prepared to stop Denard's single-wing runs.
4. Michigan is sharp as far as not making mistakes, motivated by last week and memories of the 2009 game.
5. Ron Zook does something stupid, and emotional/mental let-downs cost Illinois in several key moments.
6. Michigan forces three turnovers and gives up only one. This is the difference in the game.
Final score: Michigan 21 - Illinois 17
Dear donkeys - I have bad news I'm afraid.
"The only time I'm going to come out of the game is if I can't walk or something is out of the skin."
Since today is Veteran's Day, I got to thinking of Michigan football players who were veterans. I remember watching Mike Lantry, the Vietnam Vet and FG kicker, on TV as a kid. I know Tom Harmon also served following his career at Michigan. Are there other veterans you can think of who played Michigan football (or other sports, for that matter)?
Not to steal any thunder from mgoweather, I'll leave the full forecast to her. However, as the resident night shift meteorologist, I felt I needed to inform you all that wind is looking to play a role in Saturday's game. At the moment, sustained winds over 20 miles per hour seem likely, with gusts near 30-35 mph.
We all saw how this was handled the last time wind was a major factor. Here's to hoping Borges learned from that day.
Seems like I will be missing this game. But, I expect a ground battle and Michigan squeaks out a close one 17-14.