Michigan vs Central Michigan Prediction Thread

Submitted by jericho on August 29th, 2013 at 11:21 AM

So, I've been waiting for this thread to appear. It hasn't.  So I'm officially starting my  second  thread ever.  I'm sure that tomorrow will be pretty busy with the CMU preview and all.

Your prediction should come in three forms.  First: What will the first offense offensive play for us be?  Second: Who scores the first  touchdown this year?  Third: What will the final score be?

I'll start us off:

1. I think Hoke wants to start MANBAWL off right and we see Fitz off right tackle for 4 yards.  I would love to see play  action deep to Chesson, but I doubt it.

2. The first touchdown will go to none other than D. Funch.  Of course, if we win the toss and defer, than Blake can have the honor of a pick 6 and I'll be just fine with that.

3. 42-3. Usually as we get closer to a game I get more pessimistic.  Oddly this year I feel that we should blow their doors off on both sides of the ball.

Grab your crystal ball and make it happen, people!



August 29th, 2013 at 12:26 PM ^

1. Fitz run for 11 yards and a first down.

2. I'm going to be bold and say DeVeon Smith.

3. I think it'll be 34-10. We get up big early (maybe 28-3) then start putting backups in. We'll stall on offense (can't run behind OL backups and won't throw with Morris) and give up a TD on defense.

Perkis-Size Me

August 29th, 2013 at 12:30 PM ^

1.) I agree with your sentiment. Hoke wants to establish MANBALL. He's sending Fitz right up the gut, and I'm hoping he bursts through the line with the fire of a thousand suns en route to a 70 yd TD run.

2.) I say the first TD will go to Funchess, though. Borges will put together a methodical first drive that eats up 5-6 minutes of clock time, and once we get inside the red zone, I say Funchess gets hit with a 10 yd TD pass over the middle. He will show why he's going to be such a redzone nightmare this year.

3.) 49-10. The running game might start off a little slow in the first half, but the O-Line interior will start to settle into a groove by the 3rd quarter. Gardner has a big day through the air, connecting with Gallon for 2 TDs, and is sitting by the start of the 4th. Shane gets the nod for the entire 4th quarter, looks like a freshman, but connects with Chesson for a TD. Frank Clark will have a sack/TFL that is so bone-crushing, a la Braxton Miller, we make a GIF out of it.

The wave will be in full effect, and chants of "Beat the Irish" will be heard loud and clear. Snowflakes will abound, and for at least one week, all will be right with the world.


August 29th, 2013 at 12:31 PM ^

as an opponent. I don't expect a close game, but I do expect Michigan to not come busting out of the gate with success, unless the aggressive gameplan that Devin claims will be the case this year, actually is on opening day. 

So, given that he wants to prove something immediately, I will expect the first play to be play-action pass or a slant cut to Gallon. And then Michigan goes into run mode. 

If you really want to analyze this, just go back to Borges tendencies on first down and first plays. I don't believe there is necessarily a pattern, but with Denard, any play could go the distance, expecially against lesser teams. So, you'd have always picked a run play to start.

Michigan wins handily 28-10 or so. I'd say that CMU scores at least twice. Michigan may score more, struggle somewhat and then find rhythm and execution. 

I don't think you need to hold anything back Saturday for fear of givng away plays or formations and tendencies in preparation for ND. So the main issue in this game is execution and seeing how the rotations and youngest guys play. There will be fun and excitement.

And hopefully, not too much hand-wringing or crazy feeling afterward. In any case, the season will have kicked off, and we will overanalyze and worry about everything. That's just the way it is and goes. 


August 29th, 2013 at 12:35 PM ^

Central wins 29-27....oh wait, that's a mistake.  I thought I was predicting Central vs. Michigan State and I just threw up the 2011 score.  Sorry about that, how silly of me.

Prediction for Central vs. Michigan?  Central is going to get it's sh!t pushed in.

Fun Fact:  MSU's career winning percentage against Central Michigan is .667, which is NOT 1.000....bwaahahahaha!

Dallas Walmart…

August 29th, 2013 at 12:45 PM ^

1. MANBALL.  Fitz off left tackle for 6 yards.

2. MANBALL.  Fitz up the middle.

3. 52-7.  One touchdown each for the defense (Cam Gordon) and special teams (Norfleet, of course).


Ali G Bomaye

August 29th, 2013 at 1:03 PM ^

1. Quick hitch to Gallon.  Borges wants the secondary to think about the pass before he tries to cram the ball down their throats.

2. Jake Butt catches a short pass for the first TD on that goalline run/pass bootleg play that Borges loves so much.

3. 41-13.  I think that the offense will start off strong, but in the second half Borges will start monkeying around with Morris and the freshman RBs, holding down our point total slightly.  And the defense will play a strong game, but the secondary will have a few mental errors that lead to red zone opportunities for CMU.


August 29th, 2013 at 1:14 PM ^

This is largely a young team that is likely make first-game mistakes. I don't see a blowout 30 point win, but we will prevail.

And I will go hoarse yelling, "What the hell was that?" many times.

Hemlock Philosopher

August 29th, 2013 at 1:40 PM ^

I think the line was somewhere around -31.5 last time I checked. IMO, that's a bit generous for the first game... Michigan 38-17. First play - TE waggle to Funchess. First TD - Gardner on the sneak from inside a yard. 


August 29th, 2013 at 2:13 PM ^

I say CMU picks us apart first drive, gets to the red zone, Clark sack and they kick a field goal taking a 3-0 lead. fans grumble and call the season a failure, we only score 10 in the first quarter, they tie it in the second then we take off from there.


August 29th, 2013 at 5:39 PM ^

For the first play, Al calls for a read-option run for Devin....who, realzing that Al thinks that Shoelace is still his QB, audibles out of it, stays in the shotgun and hits Gallon for a 30 yd gain.

Coach Hoke grabs a headseat, calls Al upstairs and say's; "Al, snap out of it....don't you remember what we've been doing all spring and fall camp".

Al, visably shaken, calls for a full house backfield and runs Fitz for the next 4 plays in a row until Fitz carries it in for his first score of the day.

He suffciently recovers and we end up 38-10 on the Chips. 

Durham Blue

August 29th, 2013 at 8:44 PM ^

1. Fitz takes the hand off and runs 3 yards off tackle.

2. Gallon catches a 15 yard TD pass.

3. Final score 38-7. The D will get 3 sacks and 1 INT. Fitz runs for 110 yards. Gallon and Funchess combine for 220 yards receiving.


August 29th, 2013 at 9:09 PM ^

Play action out to Gallon for 9.

2. Fitz Toussaint from close for the first TD.

3. 42-10. CMU with a late TD.

Question: I don't have post access, but does anyone know a good bar in Jacksonville that plays BTN, thus Michigan on Saturday?