Getting excited and hyped up for a game after a rivalry week can be a hard task for some teams. For the Michigan Wolverines, this could be a season-defining game with a playoff ranking starting to trickle in. So what can we expect from the team that just took care of “little brother” coming off of a heated rivalry? How does this team get back up and keep showing up and improving week after week? Does Rutgers even have a fighting chance against a top 5 team in the country? All of that will be answered in the following Michigan v. Rutgers predictions!
What are DSN's 5 Bold predicitions for Michigan v. Rutgers?
This game ever since Rutgers joined the Big Ten, (minus the covid year, because who counts that?) has been a snooze fest. Whether it has been in Ann Arbor or Newark the games have mostly been a blowout favoring the Wolverines. So could we finally see Rutgers get their second win against Michigan since joining the Big Ten? That is an easy question, no they won't. There's plenty of reason to believe that what we've seen recently will be exactly what we see on Saturday. So here are five bold predictions going into the Michigan v. Rutgers game.
When you think of superstars on the Michigan defense sophomore Rod Moore is not a guy that is at the top of many people's lists. Moore has quietly turned into a superstar in front of our very eyes. Last week he earned a 90.7 defensive grade, according to PFF. The next highest player for last week on Michigan's defense was senior Mike Sainristill at 78.8. In other words, Moore played his butt off last week. Since starting last year as a true freshman, Moore has been nothing but consistent, 19 is normally all over the field making tackles and plays on balls when we need it the most.
So far this year Moore is tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 31 total, has one pass deflection, and leads the team in interceptions with three. It is pretty safe to say that Moore has the opportunity to become one of the best ball-hawkers and safeties this defensive has had in years. This weekend I expect more of the same from the young safety as he causes chaos all over the field.