The Big House will be rocking on Saturday at noon as the Michigan Wolverines take on the Rutgers Scarlett Knights. This is also the Homecoming game for the Wolverines who will be looking to get the train back on the track.
The way is clear for the Wolverines and it leads to and through the struggling Scarlett Knights. The Scarlett Knights are coming off wins against Purdue and Illinois.
The Wolverines are coming off a truly heartbreaking loss to No. 2 Penn State.
This game is a redemption game for both teams. Rutgers comes in with a 3-3 record and Michigan a 5-2 record. They are both at the bottom of the Big Ten eastern division rankings.
Rutgers comes into this game with the 117th ranked offense in the country and the 33rd ranked defense. They are led on offense by redshirt senior quarterback Kyle Bolin.
Bolin has 711 yards passing, three touchdowns, and six interception. Their leading rusher is redshirt senior Gus Edwards. Edwards has 487 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
The Rutgers defense is anchored by junior linebacker Trevor Morris. Morris so far this year has 57 tackles this year with 20 of them being solo tackles. This defense has great speed to the quarterback and this has been a weakness for the Wolverines to this point so it will be a thing to watch as the game progresses.
Michigan comes into the game with the 85th ranked offense in the country and the 14th ranked defense in the country. This game will signify a rebirth of the Michigan program for the second half of the season after the total destruction they faced against Penn State a week ago.
Michigan’s offense finally started to show signs of life last week but the play calling between quarters was sketchy at best and not consistent throughout the entire game. Michigan got 13 points from the offense last week the most since earlier in the year.
Redshirt senior quarterback John O’Korn leads the Wolverine offense with 729 yards, a touchdown, and four interceptions. He is also at times a mobile quarterback and helps the offense keep drives going.
Michigan’s leading rusher is junior Karan Higdon. He has 446 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Their leading receiver is junior Grant Perry who has 270 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Michigan defense is very fast and very young. Their leaders are sophomore linebacker Devin Bush, and graduate student Maurice Hurst. Bush is a first year starter and has 56 tackles with 25 of them being solo tackles. He also has 4.5 sacks for 36 yards lost. Maurice Hurst is a first round talent at defensive tackle. He has 32 tackles with 16 of them as solo tackles. He also has 1.5 sacks for eight yards lost, a forced fumble, and a blocked field goal.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said backup quarterback Brandon Peters is getting closer to seeing the field as was supposed to come in last week if the fumble recovery was upheld.
The Wolverines will need to jumpstart this part of their season to be relevant in the Big Ten conference. These next three games are must wins for the Wolverines going into the last part of the season. As fans we would like to see a better record out of the team but they are not done, they can still be a 10 win team.
This game Saturday has the Wolverines as a 23.5 point favorite to win against Rutgers. What is your pick for the game? Who will win? What will the final score be?
Phillip’s score: Michigan 32, Rutgers 12