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Saturday Spotlight

(18) Michigan Wolverines at (21) Minnesota Golden Gophers

Michigan: It’s been the same thing with them each year. The hype is always there for them, but it seems as though they underachieve. They struggle to win big games under the lights. This has been the knock-on Jim Harbaugh since he was hired. This year, it’s a fresh start at some key positions for the Michigan Wolverines, especially on offense. It appears that the lean is leaning to start Joe Milton at quarterback who’s made comparisons to Cam Newton. The biggest win for Michigan this year was the return of wide receiver Nico Collins who will provide leadership to the younger receivers. Their defense because Don Brown is one of the best defensive minds there is. They kick their season off tonight in Minneapolis.

Minnesota: For most of the 2019 season, they were in control of the Big Ten West. They even had a signature win over a then-ranked fifth Penn State Nittany Lions. Although they fell short in winning the division title, they have a strong shot to do so this year. Wisconsin will be breaking in a new quarterback as will the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tanner Morgan is the best quarterback in the Big Ten not named Justin Fields. Tyler Johnson may be playing in the NFL now, but Rashon Bateman is back and he’s Tanner’s favorite target. Also, their offensive line returns intact. Much responsibility will be placed on the offense because the defense lost some guys. Five starters from last season will be returning. No matter what happens, P.J. Fleck will have his men ready to play. They return tonight for a big game.

Michigan X-Factor: Zach Charbonnet– Zach enters his sophomore year looking to build off his first season in Ann Arbor. He’s a hard runner with the shiftiness to avoid tackles. Also, I see a great vision displayed on his part along with patience. Zach is also a great blocker.

Minnesota X-Factor: Benjamin St. Juste– He’s one of the key players returning for this Minnesota defense. With many new players starting for the unit, look for this secondary to provide leadership throughout this year. The trio of Benjamin, fellow cornerback Coney Durr, and safety Jordan Howden will set the tone.

Final Thoughts: The Big Ten is back! I didn’t think we’d be here. The primetime games have always been a thorn in the side of Jim Harbaugh. Michigan’s top cornerback opted out this year. I look for Morgan and Bateman to connect early and attack the Wolverines secondary. I can’t wait to see Joe Milton play in this one. His performance will determine the outcome of Michigan’s season.

Prediction: Minnesota 24 Michigan 20

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