Way Too Specific Predictions: 2014 (with historical references)

Submitted by 1464 on August 21st, 2014 at 4:18 PM

This will be the third year in a row that I make my OFFICIAL WAY TOO SPECIFIC PREDICTION thread.  The previous versions are linked at the bottom.  So please, if you want to look stupid next offseason, and only care to post in ONE MORE prediction thread, make it this one.  And please, no cushy ranges.  

"I predict that we'll go between 15-0 and 7-6.  Prove me wrong."

That is terrible, and you are doing this wrong.  Give me an exact total.  While you are at it, give me other totals.  Other facts that we can glean at the start of the 2015 season.  Will Funchess get the Braylon dropsies?  Will he sprout a third arm and catch everything?  Does Shane start at any point, and why?  Does our offensive line congeal?  Over/under on sleeved days for Brady Hoke: 2.5.  Headsetted days: 4.5.  How about the B1G East?  Are we in a ridiculously good division?  PSU?  OSU? MSU? Maryland?  Yada yada yada...

Our winner from 2012, Logan88, was again dead on with this opinion:

No, I too am not nearly as high on NWestern as the media. Their schedule next year is much more difficult than it was last season. I know that they are returning a lot of good players and I think they will do their usual job of scaring the sh&t out of just about every team they play but for all of that they will still finish no better than 8-4 in the regular season IMO.

Last year, Logan's worst case scenario sans the bowl came true, as his floor was set at 7-5.  I anxiously await his verdict on this season... hopefully there is no mention of 26 of anything for -26 of another thing.

The person with the best prognostication from last year?  Not THE KNOWLEDGE.  I think that guy is dead.  Actually, nobody was pessimistic enough to be correct, so I am awarding the 2013 win to Wolfman, for this:

I predict Al Borges will not be retained for the 2014 season. 

I'll admit that I was still on Team Borges at the beginning of the year.  I will post my thoughts below.  Meanwhile, please peruse the previous two WAY TOO SPECIFIC PREDICTION threads.

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/way-too-specific-predictions-football-2013

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/way-too-specific-predictions-2012

 

ALSO!

Because I want to get as many predictions as possible, and because I know you people are tired of these threads and just want football to start, if you post in this thread, feel free to print out the image located below and display it proudly somewhere by your desk.  It will make you feel good about yourself, and will make others gravitate towards you.

Comments

westwardwolverine

August 21st, 2014 at 5:15 PM ^

We'll beat Appy State by someting like 45 points. We'll go into Notre Dame hyped and then lose, with Devin channelling Denard by throwing 3-4 picks. Everyone becomes glum, figuring we'll win our next few games, but lose to State. But entering East Lansing on the 25th, this year has a different feel to it. Michigan is 6-1 and has bludgeoned their last 5 opponents. In a battle of one loss teams, Michigan takes the upper hand in the East winning 24-10. 

Rolling through the rest of the schedule, Michigan heads into Columbus to take on an Ohio State team that never quite put it together after Braxton Miller's injury. With 3 losses, all the Buckeyes can do is attempt to ruin Michigan's chances at a playoff birth. After a tight first half, Michigan finds separation in the second, winning 28-13. 

In the Big Ten Championship game, with a title and a playoff spot on the line, Michigan throttles the surprise team out of the West, Iowa, 38-14.

I've already revealed too much. I'll leave the ending as a surprise. 

I Love Lamp

August 21st, 2014 at 5:19 PM ^

1-2 vs "big three", and hoping it's against MSU cause I'm sick of losing to those clowns.

Loss at NW, because I think they are due to pay us back for our good fortune over the last couple of years.

Lose by 10 to a SEC team in the cap one bowl, because outside of the sugar bowl, I can't remember their last bowl win

StephenRKass

August 22nd, 2014 at 11:33 AM ^

Michigan will beat Ohio State, but lose their Big 10 game to MSU and not play for the Big 10 Championship.

Michigan will win their Bowl game.

The OL will be end up much better than expected, and Magnuson will do a great job.

Hoke will get a contract extension.

Michigan will have the highest average star rating for incoming recruits in 2015.

Canteen will be Freshman of the year in the Big 10.

Clark, Ryan, Funchess, Peppers, Canteen, and Gardner will be all Big-Ten.

(I suppose these predictions aren't specific enough . . . c'est la vie.)

1464

August 21st, 2014 at 5:43 PM ^

And you just got a trophy named in your honor.  Except, since this is B1G country, I will need a suitable second name.  That name can be decided by the first person to photoshop that image with the name of the trophy listed below, with your chosen name in place of the ???.  The photoshop must be subtle and stoic.  We are representing a proud institution here.  Thus, I partially christen the:

"Blue-Cube - ??? Salaciously Clairevoyant Wolverine Trophy"

MGoneBlue

August 21st, 2014 at 5:36 PM ^

There will be minor unease about the outcome of the Notre Dame game going into the fourth quarter, but a timely goal-line stand halfway through the quarter will put these concerns to rest.  Michigan ends the game in victory formation.

The weather for the Michigan State game will be acceptable, opening up the passing game for the first time in ages.  

LSAClassOf2000

August 21st, 2014 at 5:40 PM ^

I will stand pat with my prediction from last year: 9-3 overall, 1-2 against rivals with one more loss that no one can readily explain and that creates Snowflake threads that, when printed out, accidentally create a masterwork of existential angst. That thread will later briefly appear on the New York Times bestseller list. 

Also, THE_KNOWLEDGE finally meets up with his foil THE_IGNORANCE and a colossal rift is formed which accidentally sucks Notre Dame into another dimension where it must play Wake Forest for every game....forever.

Big_H

August 21st, 2014 at 5:47 PM ^

I just have the feeling that we will go 10-3. I think one loss comes from MSU or OSU then another loss to Northwestern or Penn State. I think MSU gets some breaks in more than one Big Ten game, and that gets them to the B10 Chamionship again. We play in a good bowl game vs Les Miles and LSU, and they beat us by a touchdown. We are very heartbroken, but really proud of how they played and pumped about what returns in 2015.

At the end of the season we will look back and laugh at how panicked we were about the offensive line and running game. By the end of the year we are extremely excited about the players on the offensive line, especially Kyle Kalis (if he stays healthy) The running game itself does moderately well.

One of either Funchess or Countess return for another season... Those who Stay..

All together one hell of a season and Very emotional.

2014

August 21st, 2014 at 6:03 PM ^

Way too specific prediction for the starting o-line for the Notre Dame game:

LT- Mags

LG- Kalis

C- Miller

RG- Glasgow

RT- Braden

Baby Fishmouth

August 21st, 2014 at 6:11 PM ^

0-3 on the road against our three main rivals (Thanks, DB).
One road loss to a team be should beat.
Bowl loss to a higher ranked opponent.

Hopes will be high for 2015, but questions will still remain about Hoke and his staff.

Stretch hope: 11-1 with a capable OL and a suffocating defense. Questions about Hoke and staff disappear.

South TX MFan

August 21st, 2014 at 6:11 PM ^

I think we head into EL at 7-0 but drop that crucial game. We also lose a B1G game we shouldn't have, but not against OSU as we finally end the streak in Columbus. We miss out on the B1G East title to a tiebreaker with MSU. We go on to win our bowl game and have a big turnaround season, albeit one with no B1G Championship. No worries, that'll come next year.

Smidgens

August 21st, 2014 at 6:15 PM ^

9-3. Losses to OSU, MSU, and Indiana. O-Line looks better than last year but still not good enough to compete with OSU and MSU.

But we actually score a TD in East Lansing and have another close game with OSU but the homefield advantage pays off for OSU.

Defense has an off-day against Indiana, we lose on a Hail Mary by Sudfeld.

ca_prophet

August 21st, 2014 at 6:41 PM ^

Losses to ND, MSU, and OSU are all close enough that we can convince ourselves we got unlucky.

Then the bowl game comes and we get matched up with a 10-2 SEC or Pac1X team and lose a not close game. The calls for Hoke's firing get louder and less justified, as the rivalry loses hide some very real improvements:
- the OL goes from putrid to middling, and does so as a unit, showing the promise of an actually good OL next year. Burning Mone's redshirt doesn't do much in 2014 but pays off for 2015.
- the defense is good but not great, but pass rush gels and our expectations for the D next year skyrocket.
- Peppers almost lives up to the hype, being great and making freshman mistakes in the same game.
- Our coverage is excellent but our run-stopping safety is adequate with occasional whiffs.

My stance is that while I'm pessimistic on record, I'm optimistic on the underlying fundamentals of the program. We're bringing in talent and I believe we have the right coaches; that will start to pay off this year but be handicapped by the struggles on both lines that work themselves out as the year goes on.

603_GoBlue

August 21st, 2014 at 6:54 PM ^

O-line struggles all year. Funk is gone after the year

Devin shows no progression other than being able to identify the Mike. Halfway thru the season everyone realizes if we put Gardner at WR and put Shane in at qb all we would have to do is play jump ball with either Funchess or Gardner. Hoke doesn't have the balls to make change.

Defense is the best in the B1G. 

Peppers is as advertised. Makes 1st team as true freshman

Season plays out like last year. I'll go with 9-3 or 6-6. Flip a coin for bowl game.

Hoke remains coach because next year is THE year.

I hope I'm wrong about Devin

BlueHills

August 21st, 2014 at 7:05 PM ^

12-0 Regular Season.

The O-line gels slowly but surely better. Devin has a record setting year. Funchess shines, our backs do well, and our defense is stifling. We win a surprisingly easy game in East Lansing. The finale in Columbus is a tough game, but the defense proves stout, and the offense has a decent enough day to take the win by 7 points.

We win the Big Ten championship by blowing out Nebraska in Indy, 42-17.

We make the four team playoff, and win against the Pac 12 champion, Stanford with a late field goal.

Inexplicably, Dave Brandon has put the team in new uniforms for the NCG, with blue chrome helmets whose yellow chrome wings are lit with flashing LEDs.

The flashing LED helmets are ruled not in compliance with NCAA rules, and Michigan forfeits the NCG since the regular helmets are home in Ann Arbor.

Brandon gets fired, and spends $7000 of his own money the following season on skywriters, who write "Brandon was a better AD" in the sky over the stadium for the first few games.

maizenblue92

August 21st, 2014 at 7:12 PM ^

15-0, Win the National Championship

Jabrill Peppers wins his first of 3 Heisman Trophies

Tennessee fans are upset because they think Jabril's Heisman should go Peyton Manning.

Urban and Dantonio leave Ohio and MSU. 

Hoke is elected Governor but turns it down to sign a lifetime contract.

Only a small fraction of the MGoBlog complains that we could've won by more.

ST3

August 21st, 2014 at 7:17 PM ^

W, App St.: It's a win, but everyone expecting a big number on offense will be disappointed. I'm seeing one of those typical early season games where lots of basic runs are called. A few offsides/holding penalties thwart drives, but Appy can't do anything against our suffocating defense. Let's make it Michigan 20, App St. 3, with a late FG for them to avoid the shutout.

L, ND: Yes, they lost a few players to academic cheating, but after they forfeit wins from prior seasons, M easily reclaims the all-time winning PCT record. Golson runs for 12 yards and throws for 1 TD and is the media's new Heisman front-runner. M 9, ND 13.

W, Miami(OH): Sluggish, 12:30PM start. Offense gets going in the second half with bombs to Darboh, Funchess, and Canteen. M 35, M 6.

W, Utah: were they any good last year? Let me check. 2-7 in the PAC, OK, let's mark that down as a win. M: 31, U: 9

W, Minnesota: I'm actually bullish on the Jerry Kill era, but this one is a B1G home opener. Brady will not let the Gophers pull the upset. Lots of running from both teams. M: 17, M: 8

W, Rutgers: I saw the B1G Network had a 24 hour, welcome to the B1G day for Rutgers. I thought a half hour special should have been sufficient. M: 38, R: 0. Big day for Funch and Darboh. Folks start talking them up as a tandem, a la Gallon and Funchess.

L, Penn State: Hackenburg hackenburgs. M fans leave the stadium in stunned silence. M: 19, PSU: 20

W, MSU: After the devastating loss at home against PSU, the team regroups and shocks the world. M's suffocating defense gives STAEE a taste of their own medicine. M: 24, MSU: 6

W, Indy: Michigan shows they have adapted to tempo and thoroughly destroys Indy, M: 49, I: 3

W, NU: another away game at Northwestern that seems like a home game. No heroic efforts needed this time. M: 33, NU: 13

W, Maryland: A couple bombs to whoever their stud WR is are the only things marring this game. M: 56, M: 14

W, OSU: Ohio's talented RS Frosh QB makes a few RS Frosh mistakes. Funch dominates on the outside and Butt is a beast in the middle. M: 19, Ohio, 13

So that puts us at 10-2. On to the B1G championship game.

W, Iowa: have you seen their schedule? Iowa gets there, but M exposes them as a fraud. M: 38, Iowa: 17.

So we're at 11-2. MGoBloggers are clamoring for a playoff spot, but the overall weakness of the B1G lands us a #5 seed, i.e., just outside the playoff. So we play Southwestern West Virginia State University, or some such team in a bowl game only we care about. M: 31, Opponent: 3. At the end of the season, a 12-2 Michigan team is widely considered as the 2nd best team in the country, and M fans everywhere wonder what if we had only beaten those damn Irish (or made that FG against PSU). If this is familiar to you, it's because it's happened before. History has a way of repeating itself.

m1jjb00

August 21st, 2014 at 7:40 PM ^

finishes 4th in the nation with a 46.4 yard per punt average.  Weirdly, however, Michigan is only 19th in net punting.

Ryan leads the team in tackles with 107, but the 2nd place guy fails to break 75 as there are too many over 50 to allow for another to be near the top of the B1G.

AJ Williams totals 7 catches, but 2 go for touchdowns.

Michigan's defense scores more over the year than Michigan State's defense.

Mason Cole starts every game.  No one notices.

Norfleet breaks off a kickoff return before the B1G, but gets tackled at the ankles at the opponent's 23 yard line.

Kenny Allen completes a pass this year.  It goes to an eligible receiver.

 

Perkis-Size Me

August 21st, 2014 at 7:41 PM ^

I'm rather surprised by the amount of people on this thread claiming we'll beat OSU. Yeah, they don't have Braxton Miller anymore, but we're yet to even find out if we'll be able to move the ball or have an even mediocre OL.

Until proven otherwise, I can't see us having anything more than an 8-4, maybe a 9-3 year.

We will lose to ND, and it'll perhaps be the most frustrating loss of the year. Much like 2012, our defense will keep us in the entire game and cause Golson to make some mistakes in his first true game back. However, the ND defense will wreak havoc on our grossly inexperienced O-Line. We'll lose an ugly 13-7 kind of game. We'll sit there saying to ourselves at the end of the game that if we'd had even just a mediocre O-Line, we could've beaten ND handily.

The O-Line starts making gradual improvements, and the team gets to 5-1 leading up to PSU. We win a VERY CLOSE game. Hackenberg is the absolute real deal and makes some damn good throws, but he does not have Allen Robinson to bail him out anymore. Nor does he have the home crowd at his back. Peppers puts the game on ice and picks Hackenberg off to shut down any chance of PSU beating us for a second straight year.

However, whether or not we are emotionally drained from this game won't matter the next week when we go into EL. Their defense might take a step back from last year, but they are still a better team. Its not a blowout, but we never really feel like we're in it, either. 27-17 Sparty.

Barely squeak by Indiana (again). In the end, their defense is just far too crappy to turn around in one year. 7-2 heading into Evanston, and yet, here comes that yearly headscratcher we're all used to. This is a team we should wipe the floor with, but Sieman somehow wills this team to victory after the previous two years of horrific luck they've had against us.

Stefon Diggs gets his the following week, but he can't do it all by himself. 8-3 heading into Columbus, against an 10-1 OSU team fighting like hell for a spot in the first playoff. Barrett had some growing pains throughout the year, and gets exposed as the freshman he is in OSU's lone loss to MSU. But as we're all accustomed to by now, he will somehow step up and play at his best against us. Michigan brings its A-game and keeps its close throughout, but in the end, we just can't stop Barrett. Gardner does everything he can to keep us in the game, and the O-Line has made noticeable improvements by now, but its just not enough. 31-21 OSU

8-4, drawing either Florida, A&M or Ole Miss in a bowl game, and I'm tempted to say we'll lose to any one of them. Hoke officially enters 2015 on the hot seat, and the calls for his firing get louder and louder. Recruiting keeps getting worse, and with all the chatter about 2015 being "our year," we forget that we have replace well over half our offense. Gardner is gone, and Funchess has a monster year which allows him to bolt for the NFL. We enter the offseason with more questions than answers.

alum96

August 21st, 2014 at 8:12 PM ^

Won't replace half our offense.  Will replace QB and 1 WR if Funchess goes.  That is 2/11ths.  Yes an important 2/11ths but not half.  Funchess will be missed just like Gallon is but Darboh, Chesson, Ways, Canteen, Harris should be a formidable 2015 crew.  And if Shane is not ready to prosper in 2015 that is on a coaching staff - a 3rd year player should be ready to do very well at QB.

Defense will take on losses with JMFR, Taylor, Clark, Beyer, and Morgan.  I actually think the 2015 defense will have more questions than the 2015 offense.  Those will be alleviated it Bolden beats out Morgan this year and Gedeon gets in 20-25% of the snaps and shows well (JMFR replacement).  If Poggi and Charlton flash that will help alleviate 2015 DE issues.  Main issue in 2015 will be DE production IMO - I think the LBs will be ok despite the losses.  I have yet to see much from Mario O so I've already moved onto to Charlton and Poggi as necessary B+ type players.  And Marshall will have to come through in 2015.  CBs *should* be very good in 2015 if Peppers and Lewis live up to hype, and DTs *should* be very good if a bevy of players develop.  DE in my eye is the area our pipeline is tricky - damn you Hand.

alum96

August 21st, 2014 at 7:57 PM ^

  • UM 31, App State 13
  • ND 24, UM 20
  • UM 49, Miami (NTM) 10
  • UM 21, Utah 20
  • UM 31, Minnesota 23
  • UM 20, Rutgers 19
  • UM 34, Penn State 30
  • MSU 31, UM 20
  • UM 45, Indiana 31
  • NW 21, UM 17  (NW is so due against us)
  • UM 34, Maryland 31
  • (if offensive line competent) UM 27, OSU 24  (if offensive line still a shame) OSU 27 UM 20

Hoke retained, 2015 is the year - if OL is competent by end of year hype machine goes into overdrive on 2015 prospects.  If OL sucks by end of year, hype machine goes into overdrive on 2015 prospects but not until August 1st 2015 when everyone forgets how bad the OL was in 2014.

Devin will not change much from 2013 Devin.  Still have some very big highs, still some lows - still make bad decisions at times, but single handily wins a game or two.  Key turnovers continue to plague him and keep games against lesser foes too close for comfort, but defense bails him out better than in 2013. If OL does not improve he might miss 4-6 quarters of football through wear and tear this year as Shane is pressed into action.

OL prediction, pass protection is somewhere below average by mid year but not horrid.  Running game never really takes off except against the Indianas and Rutgers types.  OSU is ripe for taking as the enter The Game(tm) 8-3 but it all depends on OL.

Defense will return to top 20 form but issues at safety and DEs plague team.   DTs become strength along with linebacker.  Jury remains out on CBs as lack of pass rush from DEs not named Frank Clark deemed as problem by most of MGo.  A litany of PIs bring a cry of why MSU doenst get called for them but we do.

bluenectarine

August 21st, 2014 at 8:30 PM ^

For months I've been saying 11-1 with the following logic. ...last year's goofball team Would go 8-4 with this year's schedule. ...however a Nuss run offense versus Borges wins an extra game...Matteson finally going press coverage/agressive defense wins one more...then I HAD jabril being a game changer for one game....BUT I now because Jabril is all that.2 games ....BAM....12-0

MattOC

August 21st, 2014 at 8:36 PM ^

Norfleet runs the opening kickoff back against App State, curse is broken. Michigan goes 13-1. Wins B1G Championship but gets left out of the playoff due to the weak B1G. We'll say the loss is to ND as the O-line is still taking shape. Devin finishes 3rd in Heisman voting.

Swayze Howell Sheen

August 21st, 2014 at 9:09 PM ^

Funchess will have a game with 213 receiving yards

Gardner will throw a TD with 11 seconds on the clock to win a game on the road

Michigan will win one game 45-10

J. Peppers will intercept one late against OSU to seal the win

<drops mic>

 

Leonhall

August 21st, 2014 at 9:51 PM ^

Why the hell is everyone writing Msu as some guaranteed loss, there is no excuse for us to lose that game! Damn! Pisses me off thinking about losing to those guys again!


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Indiana Blue

August 21st, 2014 at 10:02 PM ^

We go undefeated at home, starting a new streak.  At some point in the season the defense will have 14 straight quarters without giving up a touchdown.  All the MGoBloggers that are still in love with Northwestern (sheesh) are appropriately sent to Bolivia, after the Wildcats have another losing record in conference play.

Go Blue!

Bo Nederlander

August 21st, 2014 at 11:14 PM ^

I don't think we lose to any of our rivals. Going further than that, I'm not really comfortable. But for the sake of spirit, I'll go 11-2 with a win in Indy. 

EDIT: 11-3 with a win in Indy. 

Wolverine91

August 21st, 2014 at 11:15 PM ^

My prediction is michigan will end up with a top 5 elite defense. The oline will show improvement in each game. Oh and enough with this fuck fest for msu. Since when can they lose 6 defensive starters and still be "better" than the elite d they had last year and idc how good narduzzi is. Last time I checked they're not alafuckinbama. Michigan beats msu and osu. We go undefeated and beat Lsu in the title game. Yes I can predict that bc it's my prediction and I truly believe this team will shock the world.

Roc Blue in the Lou

August 21st, 2014 at 11:50 PM ^

We lose to no one west of AA with fewer than 13 letters in the school's first name...

 

We lose to no one east of AA with more than 3 letters in the school's first name...

 

One purple headed monster explodes...

 

One Viking LB takes 2nd team All American honors...

 

2015 starts with a win and  an 11-2 finish to 2014

 

aiglick

August 21st, 2014 at 11:55 PM ^

I'm not going to get so rosey as to predict an appearance in California. It definitely is possible but I'm not setting that as my expectation.

We do get a win in Columbus (more likely) or East Lansing which really goes a long way with me at least. That's what kicked off Beilein in terms of getting a lot of people to believe.

I really did have a great time following our basketball team in the infancy of Beilein's career here, and watching him progress with the team to get us back to the Big Dance after what was described to me as a pretty horrible time for the basketball program. Also, I was an out-of-state student from 2006 - 2010 so basketball was definitely a nice counterpoint to the football program. That "Aneurysm of Leadership" victory in Breslin Center though was pivotal in the shaping of the current state of the program.

In many ways Beilein, ironically since many people initially doubted him more than Rodriguez, turned out to be what many on this site wanted for Rodriguez and the football program: an offensive innovator playing an oddball system that found much success and brought our program to the epitome of the college sports world.

It feels like so long since we've won a football game in either of those places just like it once did in basketball. Hoke starts knocking down some of the doubts people have about his coaching ability with that signature road win that, in part, results from him making a critical game theory decision that proves to be one of the game's winning moments

I'll go with an overall record of 9-3, which for this year would be pretty good, since I'd rather be pleasantly surprised with a better record. This team has the talent. Make me a believer again, Coach Hoke.

Also, I will make an effort to not be as negative since after all at the end of the day this is just a game played by young adults.

Don

August 22nd, 2014 at 11:20 AM ^

Agonizingly close losses to ND and PSU, but tight road victories against MSU and OSU. Wrap up season with convincing win in bowl game over a quality opponent.

Offense sputters mcuh of the season, but defense is very solid to start and frequently dominant. Pipkins, Henry, Hurst, and Mone are difference makers. Mediocre special teams play is key element in losses.

Norfleet doesn't come close to returning a kick for a TD, but come spring 2015 people will be rhapsodizing about his kick returning ability once again.

*Edit: I originally predicted 8-4 with losses to MSU and OSU, but after watching the Michigan drill my logic has been overtaken by my emotion.

 

CLord

August 22nd, 2014 at 12:46 AM ^

W, App St.: Ron English not around to make the spread attack look like a hot knife through butter, but the O line is so terrible that App State’s O sees the field far more than it should.  M’s D scores 12 points.  M 34 App St: 10.

W, ND: This is literally a 50/50 toss up because Kelly has a new (old) QB and lost key pieces, and M almost always plays  ND well, and has a better D and better offensive coordinator this time, but the O line continues to be a mess.  DG runs for his life and rushes for 50+ but makes plays to compensate for UM’s secondary getting the MSU treatment from the refs, gifting ND 4 PI penalties throughout the sloppy game. 
M 24 ND 20

W, Miami(OH):  M 35, M 13 Unspectacular W, as the O line continues to struggle under Funk.

W, Utah:  Potential let down game #1 is a nailbiter.  Pac 12 team comes in and does a little Kansas State in the Big House, but not as effectively.  M: 27, Utah 24

W, Minnesota: Potential let down game #2. Two very similar teams in terms of solid areas overcompensating for weak areas, but the home field coupled with the talent edge gets Mich the win. Our defense is the difference.  Mich: 24, Minn: 17

W, Rutgers:   I attend this game and watch Michigan beat a team that will take several years to figure out how to win in the BIG.  For inexplicable reasons, the O is very sloppy with the football and DG has his worst game of the year and this turns into this year's UCONN/Akron game.  M: 24, R: 21.

W, Penn State:  PLG#3.  Mattison gets his revenge.  Hackenberg is hurried all night and makes mistakes.  D scores a TD.  Offense comes up much more solid than last year’s fiasco.  M 20 PSU 13

L, MSU:  Narduzzi once again proves himself to be the finest coordinator in the country, shutting down Nuss and DG.  MSU’s ugly offense does just enough in a hideous game.  Funch is the bright light of the game, as is our secondary.  Frank Clark gets 2 sacks but UM once again rushes for less than 75 yards.  MSU 13 UM 9.

W, Indy:  PLG #4. Indiana is scary, but we get them late enough in the season that the offense once again eviscerates their lowly D.   M 48 IU 38

L, NU: PLG #5.  NW is weak and I’d normally call this a W, but law of averages have me randomly choose this potential let down game as the one we lose.   Simmian (sp) gets it done, and UM has a horrible day with the ball, losing the turn over battle by 2 minimum.  NU 27 UM 17

W, Maryland: Diggs aside, Maryland is getting mauled by the entire BIG in their first season and at this point is just punch drunk.  Fundamentally sound game gets UM win 27-17.

L, OSU: If this were at home it’s a win.  Since it’s on the road, DG makes terrible mistakes this time, and we lose a close one due to losing the turn over battle and DG eating one too many sacks to their beast mode DL.  Mattison still has no answer for Urbz’ offense. M: 17, Ohio,27

9-3.  UM misses the BIG Championship game after once again sputtering late.  Hoke stares at a 1-3 record vs Urbz and Dantonio and enters the hot seat despite decent momentum.  He fires Funk around the same time of year he fired Borges.  The fan base splits 50/50 between those who love Hoke for being a swell guy they'd have their kids play for who has the team going in the right direction and those that can't get past 2-6 vs Urbz/Dantonio and question his intensity and single-mindedness required to win the important games at this level.  He gets another year, minimum.

Chuck Norris

August 22nd, 2014 at 1:54 AM ^

We score 45 points agains App State, 23 points against Notre Dame, 56 points against Miami, 21 points against Utah, 24 points against Minny, 55 points against Rutgers, 41 points against Penn State, 11 points against MSU, 44 points against Indiana, 24 points against NW, 31 points against Maryland, and 30 points against OSU. 

Gulogulo37

August 22nd, 2014 at 3:21 AM ^

I'd be very surprised if we lose all 3 of the big 3 games, especially with the hits ND and OSU have taken. I think we'll win 2 out of 3. I really have no idea how good Maryland is, but they seem like they'll be dangerous. Understandably, no one's talking much about them. We will lose at least one game against a weak opponent. I wanna say 10-2, but 9-3 sounds more realistic. However, I'd be surprised and disappointed with 8-4, unless there are a bunch of devastating injuries. Not specific at all but oh well.

chatster

August 22nd, 2014 at 7:54 AM ^

I long ago gave up on making predictions, so there's no point in making any now.

In the world of ever-changing college football bowl projections for the 2014 season, here’s the list of projections so far for Michigan:

Athlon Sports - National University Holiday Bowl vs. USC (Sarkisian, NOT Spurrier)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm) - TaxSlayer (Gator) Bowl vs. Florida
ESPN (McMurphy) - New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Yes, THAT Miami
ESPN (Schlabach) - TaxSlayer (Gator) Bowl vs. Florida
National Football Post - TaxSlayer (Gator) Bowl vs. Florida
NFL.com - TaxSlayer (Gator) Bowl vs. LSU
Phil Steele - TaxSlayer (Gator) Bowl vs. LSU
Prediction Machine - National University Holiday Bowl vs. USC (Sarkisian, NOT Spurrier)
SB Nation - Capital One Bowl vs. LSU
Scout (College Football News) - New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. North Carolina
Sporting News - National University Holiday Bowl vs. USC (Sarkisian, NOT Spurrier)
 
It appears that FOX Sports, Sports Illustrated (SI.com) and USA Today haven’t chimed in yet with their way-too-early bowl projections.