2009 Michigan Football Preview

Chris DanielContributor IAugust 10, 2009

Michigan's training camp started yesterday, so it is time for a preview of the team.

 

Projected Starting Roster

OFFENSE

QB - Tate Forcier (Fr)

HB - Brandon Minor (Sr)

WR - Greg Matthews (Sr)

WR - Darryl Stonum (So)

SR - Martavious Odoms (So)

TE - Kevin Koger (So)

LT - Mark Ortmann (Sr)

LG - Steven Schilling (Jr)

C - David Molk (So)

RG - David Moosman (Sr)

RT - Mark Huyge (So)

 

DEFENSE

DE - Brandon Graham (Sr)

DT - Will Campbell (Fr)

DE - Ryan Van Bergen (So)

HLB - Stevie Brown (Sr)

WLB - Branon Herron (So)

MLB - Obi Ezeh (Sr)

SLB - Jonas Mouton (Jr)

CB - Donovan Warren (Jr)

CB - Boubacar Cissoko (So)

FS - Troy Woolfolk (Jr)

SS - Brandon Smith (Fr)

 

Special Teams

P - Zoltan Mesko (5th)

PK - Bryan Wright

PR/KR - Martavious Odoms

 

Schedule

9/5 Western Michigan

Predicted: (W) 38-21

1-0

This game is the season and home opener. Michigan has only lost one game against a MAC opponent (2008, Toledo) and I don't see them losing another one in the near future.

9/12  Notre Dame

Predicted: (L) 14-27

1-1

Notre Dame has a much improved team this year, and for the first time in a long time, they will start the season in the top 25. Michigan will not be able to keep up with the Fighting Irish in this one.

9/19 Eastern Michigan

Predicted: (W) 45-17

2-1

Michigan has never lost a game to Eastern, and it will definitely not happen this year.

9/26 Indiana

Predicted: (W) 17-10

3-1

This is the Big 10 opener and homecoming game. Michigan will be motivated enough to overpower Indiana.

10/3 @ Michigan St.

Predicted: (L)17-35

3-2

The Spartans are still too good for this inexperienced Michigan team.

10/10 @ Iowa

Predicted: (W) 38-35

4-2

This will be a nationally televised prime time game. If the Wolverines pull off a win here, they could be ranked.

10/17 Delaware St.

Predicted: (W) 49-14

5-2

Delaware State is not Appalachian State.

10/24 Penn St.

Predicted: (L)  7-27

5-3

This is a game that Michigan could win if the Nittany Lions have some key injuries, but if they all are healthy, there's no way Michigan wins this game.

10/31 @Illinois

Predicted: (L) 24-27

5-4

Juice Williams.

11/7 Purdue

Predicted: (W) 35-21

6-4

This win would make the Wolverines bowl eligible. Their game against the Boilermakers last year was a very close loss, so this year should be a completely different result.

11/14 @Wisconsin

Predicted: (L) 13-24

6-5

This game is at Camp Randall, and it will most likely be at night, and Camp Randall at night is one of the toughest environments to play in.

11/21 Ohio St.

Predicted: (L) 24-30

6-6

Michigan is still not ready to handle Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeye offense.

 

 Final Record: 6-6

A .500 record for Michigan would win them a bowl spot, simply because of their track record. This will hopefully start another long bowl game streak.

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