What's your record prediction for Michigan in 2018?

Submitted by Eye of the Tiger on May 31st, 2018 at 1:16 AM

For me it's 9-3 (7-2):

 

L - @ND 

W - WMU 

W - SMU

W - Nebraska

W - @NW

W - Maryland

L - Wisconsin

W - @MSU

W - PSU

W - @Rutgers

W - Indiana

L - @OSU

 

I'd code @ND, Wisconsin, @MSU and PSU as "high level of uncertainty" games. So we could go 4-0 across that stretch or 0-4, but I don't see either as very likely. More likely we go 3-1, 2-2 or 1-3. Nebraska is another one that would be tricky, if it was a road game, but it's at home so I'm not too worried. 

Comments

GarMoe

May 31st, 2018 at 5:55 AM ^

Don’t tease me coach - ‘92 was my frosh year......oh what I’d give for it really to be ‘92 all over again. South Quad, sororities, GT Charlie’s, sororities, Skeeps, sororities, Rick’s, and the occasional studying/sleeping in the first floor quiet room in the Union. and sororities. Plus waking up the morning after halloween ‘92 dressed as God (wig, beard, sheet) in that small all-girl house on State just north of the old natural history museum (Newberry I think). Really isn’t a walk of shame when in disguise. Take me back coach.......

And first taste of UM football as a student. Angry all the time Moeller, Grbac, Wheatley, Toomer, et al. What a blast.

Maizinator

May 31st, 2018 at 1:39 AM ^

This defense is going to be hard to score on and we'll put more points on the board with hopefully better QB play and more experienced offense.  But, tough schedule.  Expect some close hard fought games that could go either way.

 

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gustave ferbert

May 31st, 2018 at 9:43 AM ^

The Defense will not allow a touchdown drive when the opposing offense starts a drive on their side of the field.  

I of course am probably going to be wrong, but this is my "the knowledge like prediction. . . Yes

 

I agree with you.  this defense is something special, but it seems like there is always some BS game like Iowa a couple of years back that just screws up the season. 

 

Human Torpedo

May 31st, 2018 at 2:14 AM ^

With our sacraficial lamb being we lose to dickhead Scott Frost on his first try. Reason I'm going this route is because nearly every national champion in the Playoff era has had a head scratching home loss at some point in the season

WestQuad

May 31st, 2018 at 9:32 AM ^

Can you imagine a Don Brown defense with a competant offense?   My God.   Seems like we could have shut a lot of people out the past two years if our offense was able to get a first down or two.   

I'm hopeful that Hudson, JBB, Filiaga or even Newsome show up and Harbaugh be like:

Except that we actully blow up the other teams and don't mess around with any Ewoks.

TrueBlue2003

May 31st, 2018 at 2:12 AM ^

and that's pretty close to a coin flip as well.  That's why the fancy stats expect us to win about 8.5 games (five coin flips, one likely loss and six near gimmes).

So naturally I predict 11-1.

LeCheezus

May 31st, 2018 at 11:41 AM ^

I'd say 6th:

1.) @OSU

2.) @MSU

3.) @ND

4.) Wisconsin

5.) PSU

6.) @NW

Keep in mind that despite some of the insane predicitons of Clayton Thoresen going in the first round of the NFL draft, he suffered a torn ACL in the bowl game and is still a question mark to play this year.  They could end up being a bit of a tire fire, NW tends to mix in a 6-6 season here and there between 9 and 10 win years (and 6-6 is pretty bad for a team in the B1G W).  I wouldn't be too shocked if Maryland was much improved this year, assuming they have a QB healthy, but they will probably still have a bad record being stuck in the B1G E.

Based on schedule I'm hoping for 10-2.  If there are two losses I'm hoping for @ND and Wisconsin -  we would still make the B1G title game and would have a real shot at a playoff slot if they "avenge" the loss against Wisconsin at a neutral field.  Any losses against a B1G E opponent probably knocks us out of the B1G title game

RiceIsBack

May 31st, 2018 at 2:39 AM ^

Last years UM HC and passing coordinator have teamed up with last years HC at Florida to run our offense. We are playing a PSU, Msu, Wisonsin, ND and OSU defense with Nebraska and Northwestern to boot.. Is there any reason why we all arent scared shitless?

“More of the same” offense from last year and we go 8-5 again

Brand new “where did that offense come from?” And we are 11-2.

The boards faith in a few offseason practices is a real head scratcher.

TrueBlue2003

May 31st, 2018 at 3:01 AM ^

Second reason: Shea Patterson

Third reason: Shea Patterson

Seriously though, I agree that our HC and passing coordinator generally did a terrible job last year with offensive coaching, but they didn't have much to work with, and that should change this year save for the OT situation.  I also have some faith that they'll learn and adapt from last year and come out with a newish offense (RPOs anyone?).

It's Always Marcia

May 31st, 2018 at 3:02 AM ^

of Jim McElwain being involved with the offense? He may be what saves the offense from 9TD Hamilton.

 

You did know Jim McElwain was Nick Saban's offensive coordinator when he won his first National Championship at Alabama? And Alabama won 3 National Championships in the 5 years Jim McElwain was the offensive coordinator there? 

gustave ferbert

May 31st, 2018 at 12:34 PM ^

I loved that analysis Brian put out when we first got him.  

 

Year three whereever D. Brown has been.  Even Boston College, #1 defense in the nation. 

 

Now you hear coaches saying, these are the fastest players they've ever coached. 

this year is gonna be special. 

allintime23

May 31st, 2018 at 5:21 AM ^

12-1 B1G champs beating Wisconsin after only losing to Wisconsin during the regular season.

We’ll play Clemson and fall in the college football playoff.

Realus

May 31st, 2018 at 9:55 AM ^

11-1 regular season, win B1G championship game, lose in first round of playoffs, so 12-2, actually.

BTW - What's with posting at 5:21 AM?  You can't be a student (don't think).  I thought all students went to sleep at 4 AM or 5 AM.  Late shift?  Maintenance window gone bad?

umich1

May 31st, 2018 at 6:12 AM ^

I’m not drinking the Kool-ade anymore until I see results on the field. The schedule is brutal.

This team has potential but it’s going to take an incredible level of dedication, preparation, and luck from now until the end of November to have a strong season.

columnatedruins

May 31st, 2018 at 10:49 AM ^

While I agree with you in spirit, I see a win or two more than you. Sorry for all you who are predicting from the heart or who feel double-digit wins are where we SHOULD be... I'd love that to be what IS too.

There are 6 games that are toss-ups (nd, msu, psu, osu, wiscy, nw) with an uncertain WR corps, a weakness on L side of OLine,& a brand new qb.

OP is correct, potential exists to go 0-4 vs ND & that Wisconsin/sparty/psu cluster. Taking those 4 losses spread out over their 6 toughest matchups seems more likely, however it breaks out.

8-4 heading into a bowl game seems reasonable.

Beat the Irish & work out rough spots over the next 2 & they could be 7-0 heading into ELandfill... But that scenario is Best Case & they're still likely to be 10-2 watching the B1G championship from home. BEST case.

Still a year away, IMO