Michigan vs Western Michigan Live Stream Online Watch Michigan vs Western Michigan, Live Game NCAAF College FootBall HD TV Schedule The first home game of the season also means the first opportunity for the program to host recruits and show them the game day experience Chase Winovich nailed it in July and then stood inside Notre Dame Stadium last weekend trying his best to be honest about another
Michigan opens its 2018 home schedule on Saturday reeling from a seven-point loss at Notre Dame, looking for a get-right game against Western Michigan. That loss to the Irish snapped an 11-game winning streak for Jim Harbaugh in the month of September, changing the position of the Wolverines from the early frontrunner to playing catch-up in the College Football Playoff race.
Western Michigan also lost its opener, falling 55-42 at home to Syracuse. They bring an up-tempo offensive attack to Michigan Stadium looking to pull off a huge upset on one of the biggest stages in the state.
The effort to get right after the loss at Notre Dame will improve play from the offensive side of the ball. Shea Patterson should get plenty of work here in his Big House debut, and if the Wolverines get rolling, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an effort to run it up a little bit.
The other side of this storyline is the concern that could come from Michigan having some of the same struggles on offense as the Notre Dame game and few clear steps forward for Patterson. It’s going to be a different pace of game for the Broncos after playing Syracuse in Week 1. The Orange are a top 5-to-10 offense under Dino Babers in plays per game, and the Wolverines, under Harbaugh, have usually been around the national average in terms of pace.
The Broncos are not going to find many favorable one-on-one’s against Michigan’s defense, so it’s going to require some turnovers and big special teams plays to give WMU a chance to score early and turn up the pressure. The first home game of the season also means the first opportunity for the program to host recruits and show them the game day experience at the Big House.
Since it’s still early in the season and not a marquee matchup, the staff is probably saving their visits for later on when they face Wisconsin or Penn State. These early games will be focused a lot more on in-state athletes who will likely be visiting several times throughout the season.
However, there are two long-time commits to other schools that Michigan has a good chance of flipping as soon as this weekend. Both are coming from out of state to take their official visits. Here’s a rundown of the prospects visiting this weekend for the Western Michigan game. Morris has been committed to Florida State for two and a half years now. That makes sense, considering his dad played on the offensive line for the Seminoles.
Fortunately, Michigan has a good track record of landing Florida State legacies. The Seminoles have apparently turned him off by wanting him to follow his dad and switch to the offensive line. Morris clearly wants to stay on defense. Michigan has every one of the five of the Crystal Ball picks for Morris, all of them coming after his visit for the BBQ at the Big House.
Every sign points to Morris inevitably flipping to Michigan, with this weekend being the best opportunity for it to coalesce. This will be an official visit for Ellis, who has been flirting with the Wolverines for a while, despite being committed to Baylor. The Texas native is seriously speedy, clocking a 10.4 100-yard dash during his track and field season last spring.
Texas holds two crystal ball picks in for Ellis, but those were from back in May. Michigan could put themselves in a great position and even pull off the flip this weekend.
Toutant caught the attention of the Michigan coaches during a camp this summer, and will be returning to campus for the second time this weekend. He hasn’t received an offer yet, but will be looking to earn one soon.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle plays for De La Salle Collegiate, so he is very local. Toutant is also receiving interest from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa State so far. Head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed this week that there will be no changes along the offensive line for Saturday. Against the Irish, Michigan surrendered three sacks, but with the way quarterback Shea Patterson was pressured and battered throughout the game, that number felt much higher.
It wasn’t just the pass blocking either. The Wolverines rushed for just 58 yards on 33 carries — less that two yards (1.8) per carry. If Michigan is to make substantial improvement on offense in 2018, the line has got to be better, and from the sound of it, Harbaugh is confident that will happen. “It’s going to continue to get better and better, but I think it was one of the areas that we’re improving in,” Harbaugh said in his weekly presser. “The way we played this (Notre Dame) game is the way we’ll play the next game.”
Michigan defense can be susceptible at times to the big play, especially in the secondary, given their aggressive nature under coordinator Don Brown. Western Michigan will need to take advantage of those opportunities to have a chance.