We’ve reached the midway point of the work week, and to help get us over the hill, Michigan and Texas are taking to the gridiron in Austin. Who our analysts have chosen to claim victory tonight, may or may not surprise you.
Tom Pence’s Predictions:
Michigan 35 Texas 42
This game could turn into a shootout and even be higher scoring than this. With the pass attack of Texas being a little better than Michigan, I have the Longhorns pulling out the victory.
Michigan 17, Texas 49
Kind of outlandish but Texas has the pieces to shut down a run first Michigan offense. And you can’t forget about the Texas Two Three-step in Conley, Lewis, and Helix. Just like last week except all three to surpass 150 yards. Clayton Denny seems to be the man and will ball out again.
Houston Freeman’s Predictions:
Michigan 17, Texas 41
Texas rebounds after a close loss to LSU. The Longhorns are just too talented, and Michigan looks like they’re on the struggle bus. I’ve said it once, I think twice, and now a third time, the Wolverines need receiver Georgio Pipino to go off to stay competitive. The Horns’ receiving corps however is going to be too much for the men in blue.
Connor Russell’s Predictions:
Michigan 38, Texas 44
This one is shaping up to be a huge shootout. I have confidence in neither defense, and will be all over the… well… over this week in the sportsbook.
Michigan 35, Texas 59
Texas has the best aerial attack in the league and I don’t think Michigan has the tools to stop it. Clayton Denny will have a field day.
Michigan 41, Texas 48
Here is our shootout of the week as Michigan rides into the wild wild west that is Austin, Texas. We know the Longhorns are going to come out firing and freshman Clayton Denny has been good thus far, but he has turned it over 4 times. Both defenses have yet to prove themselves, Michigan against the run and Texas against the pass. Can Michigan slow down the receiving trio of Ray Conley, Scooby Lewis and Lord Helix? Can Texas find a way to stop Georgio Pipino? The answer is no, give me Texas by a touchdown.
MICHIGAN 24, TEXAS 54
Clayton Denny threw for five touchdowns in the first half then forgot how to play offense as the Longhorns were held without a point in the second half. These are the games that the Longhorns must win if they want to make the playoffs. Denny and Conley prove to be the best quarterback-receiver combo in the league and Texas rolls.
Jeff Melinyshyn’s Predictions:
Michigan 34, Texas 42
Texas comes in averaging 3rd most points per game with 42.5 and coming off a loss, Michigan coming off a tough loss and giving up 35.5 pts/game while Texas is giving up 44.5 pts/game, I like Texas here in a slug fest.
DAVID ROY’S PREDICTIONS:
Michigan 34, Texas 38
My colleagues have Texas pegged to win tonight, and to be honest, I don’t blame them. Michigan’s margin for error tonight is so slim that they have to play perfectly on both sides of the ball, and I have my doubts. Quarterback Tanner Jones and halfback Dior Chapman have looked good, but they’ll need to be near flawless tonight, and the same can be said for a Michigan defense that isn’t quite there yet. They’ll be able to make Texas really earn the win tonight, but ultimately the Longhorns get the job done.
There’s something to be said for when everybody agrees. In this case, the unanimous belief is that Texas should win, but anybody who thinks Michigan won’t cause trouble has been watching some different football than I have I guess.