G.W. Gras

Senior Writer for The Bears Brawl and Lead Host of The Bears Brawl Podcast.

The Line: Mid Tenn State +29.5 at Michigan

Over / Under: 54

Michigan had a great season last year. They really did, but ignore their last two blow-out losses to Ohio State and Florida. Oh, we can’t just ignore those? Well then. . .

Head coach Jim Harbaugh has definitely got the national eye on Michigan again, but he knows better than anyone that if you can’t beat Ohio State, nothing matters. He has yet to figure out the puzzle of the Buckeyes and last season he opened the season with a seven-point loss to Notre Dame. This season, Michigan opens at home against Conference USA opponent, Middle Tennessee.

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Michigan may have dreams of a National Championship on their minds, but they can’t overlook anybody while on that road. The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders were 8-6 last season and finished first in the Eastern Division of the C-USA with a conference record of 7-1. Last season they played against the Georgia Bulldogs and were a 35 point underdog. They ended up losing that contest by 42 points. It’s important to bring up that competition because Georgia, much like Michigan is a team many wouldn’t be surprised if they made the four-team-playoff by season’s end. Looking at it from that perspective, it’s almost criminal to not take Michigan as a 30 point favorite here.

The Blue Raiders open their season at Michigan, while trying to figure out what their offense will look like with a new starting quarterback and three new faces on it’s offensive line. In 2019, Ann Arbour, Michigan is just not the place for an offense to try to “figure out” things. . . last year, Penn State and Nebraska had pretty well put together offenses and this Wolverine defense held them to 7 and 10 points respectively.

Michigan is a blue-collar team that will most likely run the score when they can and this is a game where they can do it.

Aside from an 11 point loss at Kentucky, the Blue Raiders could not hang with the “big boys” in 2018 (loss at Vandy 35-7 and loss at Georgia 49-7). Last year’s Blue Raiders were better than this years and it’ll show as they lose to Michigan in embarrassing fashion.

The Pick: Michigan -29.5