Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines have pulled off two victories in a row over Oregon State and UNLV, after losing their season opener against the Utah Utes. It has been a very solid season for the Wolverines and they have a chance to make a huge statement with a win over the No. 22 ranked BYU Cougars on Saturday afternoon.
BYU has had a very impressive season so far, knocking off the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Boise State Broncos.
Michigan is looking to solidify the fact that they belong among the top teams in the Big Ten conference. They were ranked No. 4 in our Campus Sports Big Ten rankings heading into Week 4. Harbaugh has already made a big difference with the Michigan football program and they are playing extremely fundamental and confident football.
Jake Rudock has stepped up in a big way at the quarterback position over the past couple of weeks. He isn’t a star and won’t be able to power the Wolverines to victories, but Michigan is very confident in his ability to make enough plays to put them in a position to win.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for the Wolverines this year has been the superstar play of running back De’Veon Smith. He has carried the football 53 times for 206 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Smith is a very intimidating presence for opposing defenses at 5-foot-11 and 228 pounds and has the size to be a legitimate every down back.
Defensively, the Wolverines have been solid each of the past two weeks. They have only given up 14 points combined in their two victories and only gave up 24 points to a very good Utah offense.
Harbaugh has put together the type of football team that can beat quality teams and there is no doubt that they are on the rise.
Picking up a win against a ranked team like BYU would officially put Harbaugh’s Wolverines on the map. They don’t have a statement win to point to at this point in the season and it would be important to have that kind of confidence heading into their Big Ten schedule next week against the Maryland Terrapins.
Expect to see Michigan come out with a lot of fire as they look to prove that they deserve respect from the nation. They were counted out all offseason long, but Harbaugh has firmly instilled confidence and belief in his team. Any team that believes they can beat anybody is dangerous and BYU must be prepared for a hard-fought game.
Don’t be surprised if the Wolverines come away with a huge victory over the Cougars and improve to 3-1 on the season. Harbaugh is proving that he was indeed the guy to help turn the Michigan program back around and there hasn’t been as much excitement surrounding the Wolverines in quite some time.
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