Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs Michigan Wolverines
Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 PM ET
Oddsmakers started Michigan . The spread is now high as 35 points. My recommendation is to jump on with the Wolverines ATS.
Middle Tennessee State’s Offense Flounders
I don’t think double digits can be reached by the offense of Middle Tennessee State. Its crime will struggle to substitute four-year starter at quarterback Brent Stockstill, who happened to be the trainer’s son. His replacement will be Asher O’Hara. O’Hara gathered playing time last year in 1 game. Against FIU, he was 9-for-20 for 114 yards and one interception. On the summer, he ran. Back in scrimmages, his numbers cause concern over his precision and ability.
O’Hara will have limited pass-catchers that are proven available as the Blue Raiders lose their second, third, along with fourth-leading receivers. MTSU does return its receiver. But he will have to move against Michigan’s Lavert Hill, a third-team All-American last calendar year. Even though Hill receives criticism for not being large size won’t be an issue contrary to the 5’9 Lee and Hill will perform to his strengths.
Time and relaxation in the pocket will also be tough to come by for O’Hara since the Blue Raiders return two starters, the 38 career starts, by one of the weaker conference’s weakest offensive lines that, annually, ranked 87th in percentage of sacks allowed and ranked outside the top 100 in materials and sack rates.
It reloads to deal with an protection device while Michigan’s defensive line loses any talent. One lineman to be on the lookout for will be Kwity Paye, who’s prepared to step up at the end position after completing in often for the Rashan Gary. He was appointed the best defensive lineman of the team in games against Northwestern, Indiana, and Maryland.
Between a inexperienced quarterback who is also an awkward passer, restricted pass-catchers, and a largely new offensive lineup, MTSU’s crime does not appear to be a promising candidate to achieve 10 points, which are the very points it scored for them at a season opener because 2016. In its 2017 and 2018 openers, the Blue Raiders mustered six and seven points against Vanderbilt.
Michigan’s Defense Asserts Itself
I think Michigan’s defense is sick and tired of hearing to add to the offensive difficulties of MTSU. Don Brown doesn’t care. UM’s defensive coordinator already has a background of fielding elite defenses after losing a bunch of highly-talented staff — 2017 being a single instance, in which UM’s defense returned starter and enabled 18.8 points a game, while controlling non-elite contest.
Apart from a budding group of linemen like Paye, anticipate Josh Ross to earn a huge effects. He has heard enough about the linebacking crew losing Devin Bush. Last year, ross played in all 13 games. While he split time with Devin Gil at the weakside linebacker position, he substituted Bush at linebacker when Bush was hurt against Ohio State. Ross owned the place from the team’s bowl game, where he led UM with 11 tackles. On the season, he was fourth with 61 tackles and four tackles for loss and a sack.
Joining him would probably be Khaleke Hudson, that had been a leader in the group’s otherwise lifeless bowl performance. He is ready to bounce back after last season’s disappointing regular season. Hudson having to bounce back this year and be a pioneer, the linebacker position is aggressive and deep, including different guys who want to create a statement besides Bush’s location being taken by Ross.
The New-Look Offense of michigan Enjoys Hot Start
Issue marks usually do exist on offense. The importance of right tackle with Jalen Mayfield having been as earned equal repetitions with the first team in 29, Andrew Stueber gets upset. The Wolverines’ o-line nonetheless returns four starters. The standard of the o-line of UM is going to be a massive support to the amount of springs looking to fulfill the area of deceased Karan Higdon along with Chris Evans.
The passing attack of michigan is a major source of enthusiasm and pessimists are wrong to think that the offense of Michigan will need to endure adjustment under offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Gattis will bring about Michigan the same type of transformation that he brought to Alabama’s seventh-ranked passing offense when he switched the Tide from a power running group with a vertical attack.
Gattis’ speed design utilizes RPOs and highlights a union between pace and open area. This style fits quarterback Shea Patterson nicely who will reestablish the freer playmaking ability he enjoyed at Ole Miss.. He will continue his chemistry with freak Donovan Peoples-Jones along with Nico Collins, who collectively form the Big Ten’s third-best returning duo at wide receiver in terms of joint yardage.
Tarik Black, that was considered before both of these recipients back in 2017, is wholesome (for now). They enjoy a edge against an secondary which lost its three corners — the only ones that received meaningful experience last year — and its own safety that is ball-hawing.
His receivers and patterson will do the most to give a huge enough lead to hand the baton to quarterback Dylan McCaffrey to Michigan. A drop-off won’t be represented by him at all. In fact, he looked better than Patterson last year like when he entered the opener against Notre Dame to maneuver the offense downfield. Coach Harbaugh anticipates both quarterbacks to perform with.
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