So, our local "experts" pick a tight shoot-out (as does the national media -- except for USA Today who has a 34-20 prediction). Chappell and his WRs deserve respect, however, their running game is suspect at best. But 48-44?
So, the question is this --- does our defense deserve such disrespect to assume a one-dimentional offense can pass deep enough to keep their running game relevant? Will UM just rush 3 all game in fear of the passing game, using nickel-back Avery and dropping Mouton in coverage all game and letting IU nickel-and-dime us all day. I don't see it.
This is the game UM opens up the blitzing from Ezeh up the middle and T. Gordon / C. Johnson from the edge. Chappell throws his first and second picks of the year. IU's run game cannot contribute enough to open up their offense. IU maxes out at 24 points and UM's offense goes 37+.
If UM beats IU 48-44 then we all need to accept a 6-6 season and the Dallas bowl... stories about a repeat of 2009 will fill our MGoBoard for weeks. Time for Wojo and clan to realize this isn't 2009. Time for the defense to make that point clear.