Without knowing anything about Alabama other than what people tell me...actually, nobody tells me anything, that's why I know nothing about Alabama. I think I overheard they won a football championship in football or something. I also overheard they have a great offensive line? Am I understanding it correctly? And generally they're good at defense? I don't know. What I do know is that Michigan loses a lot of depth on the defensive line. But I also know that they were supposed to be an awful defense last year and we have coaches who coach this year. In fact, the same coaches who coached last year. So, without knowing anything about Alabama, I will predict that Michigan wins 14-13. Or lose 31-14. Anyhow, I'm asked to contribute an offensive MVP and that my friend will be Taylor Llewan. Is that possible? Or are we looking for a "skill" player? If that's so, I'm thinking it's hard to go against Denard. But Taylor will be the difference maker in the win (if we lose he wouldn't have made much of a difference). Watch out for him. Defense? I love Kenny Demens and Jake Ryan. But I'll choose the senior, Kenny D. But if we lose, it will probably be all his fault. Well, him and the defensive lines fault. But that won't happen, just you watch.
It's important to remember to take this one game at a time. Because if I were to preview Alabama and Air Force at the same time, it wouldn't make any sense.
This is going to be a game of inches, and special teams wins ballgames. Yet there is no doubt that defense wins championships, and there is no better defense than a good offense. It's going to be hotter than a six-peckered alley cat outside, but inside the Jerry Dome I expect it to be as cool as the other side of the pillow. On occasion, I expect Alabama to make holes large enough to drive a truck through, and getting penetration on defense is going to be a tough row to hoe. So we're going to have to give 110%. There are no easy games at this level, and this game is a game of two halves. We will see who wants it more. Michigan needs to leave it all on the field, play a full 60 minutes, and take care of the football. Bend but don't break. The road to the Super Bowl goes through Foxboro. There's no quit in this team. I would've gone for two, but that's why I'm up here and the coaches are down there. If this game goes into overtime, either team could win. Saturday we're gonna see just how smart those computers are. It's a pretty simple game, all you have to do is score more points than the other guys.
Michigan 17 - Alabama 26