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Game Preview: Michigan Football vs. Colorado

Everything you need to know about Saturday’s game, including streaming info and broadcast information, can be found here.

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The fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines (2-0) welcome the Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) to the Big House on Saturday afternoon to close out the non-conference slate of games in 2016.

The Buffaloes are the first Power 5 conference team the Wolverines faces this season and should give Michigan their toughest challenge yet, at least mathematically speaking. The Wolverines are only a 20-point favorite in this contest.

This matchup brings to mind the game in 1994, a Colorado win in Ann Arbor dubbed the "Miracle at Michigan." We do not need to revisit that here, but needless to say a victory for the Buffaloes on Saturday would be a far bigger upset.

The 2016 Colorado team has looked pretty darn solid out of the gates in winning their first two games. They’ve outscored their first two opponents, Colorado State and Idaho State, by a combined score of 100-14.

Colorado runs an up-tempo offense, which could play right into their hands if they want to make this a close game. Michigan struggled against a UCF team that did the same last week and they were seen as an inferior opponent to the Buffaloes.

Michigan put some mistakes on film to correct last week, but this should be a focused effort and it will be interesting to see if the defense bounces back and Wilton Speight continues his strong play at quarterback.

Prediction Time

I have Michigan winning this game 38-17. The final score here probably indicates a closer game than it will be, but I can see Colorado putting some points on the board late.

Get your predictions in using The Crowd’s Line widget and sound off in the comments section below!

Game Info

Teams: Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) vs. No. 4 Michigan Wolverines (2-0)

Date: September 17th, 2016

Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (107,601)

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Television: Big Ten Network/BTN2Go

Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (for a list of affiliates, click here)

Spread: Michigan -19.5, O/U 56

Fun Facts

  • Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Lisa Byington will be on the television call for the game.
  • New England Patriots quarterback and former Wolverine Tom Brady will serve as the game’s honorary captain as he spends his downtime waiting out the Deflategate suspension.
  • This is the fifth meeting between Michigan and Colorado. The Wolverines are 3-1 all-time with the loss coming at the Big House in 1994.
  • U-M is 49-26-1 against the Pac-12 conference.

Week Three College Football TV and Streaming Schedule

If you thought week two was a down week when it came to matchups, then this week is rebounding in a big way. Here’s the full list of games and how to watch them this weekend:

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(6) Houston at Cincinnati 7:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(21) Baylor at Rice 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Arkansas State at Utah State 9:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Arizona State at UTSA 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(2) Florida State at (10) Louisville Noon ABC / WatchESPN
Georgia State at (9) Wisconsin Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Ohio at (15) Tennessee Noon SECN / WatchESPN
(25) Miami (FL) at Appalachian State Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
South Carolina State at (5) Clemson Noon RSN / WatchESPN
North Dakota State at (13) Iowa Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Iowa State at TCU Noon FS1 / FS Go
Kansas at Memphis Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Temple at Penn State Noon BTN / BTN2Go
New Mexico at Rutgers Noon ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Middle Tennessee at Bowling Green Noon ASN / ESPN3
Akron at Marshall Noon CBSSN /
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech 12:30 p.m. ACCN / ACCNExtra
Virginia at UConn 1:30 p.m. SNY / ESPN3
Idaho at Washington State 2:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
North Carolina A&T at Tulsa 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Florida Atlantic at Kansas State 2:30 p.m. FSN / FS Go
UNLV at Central Michigan 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Fresno State at Toledo 3:00 p.m. ESPN Extra / ESPN3
Eastern Kentucky at Ball State 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
(1) Alabama at (19) Ole Miss 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Colorado at (4) Michigan 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
(22) Oregon at Nebraska 3:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State 3:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Boston College at Virginia Tech 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
USF at Syracuse 3:30 p.m. ACCNExtra
James Madison at North Carolina 3:30 p.m. RSN / WatchESPN
San Diego State at Northern Illinois 3:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Western Kentucky at Miami (OH) 3:30 p.m. ESPN Extra/BCSN/TWC / ESPN3
FIU at UMass 3:30 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Monmouth at Kent State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
East Carolina at South Carolina 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
New Mexico State at Kentucky 4:00 p.m. SECN alternate / WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Illinois 4:00 p.m. ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado State 4:00 p.m. ROOT Sports / MWN
UC Davis at Wyoming 4:00 p.m. WyoVision / MWN
Idaho State at Oregon State 5:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Old Dominion at NC State 6:00 p.m. ACCNExtra / WatchESPN
ULM at Georgia Southern 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Charlotte 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV
Delaware at Wake Forest 6:30 p.m. ACCNExtra / WatchESPN
(17) Texas A&M at Auburn 7:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Mississippi State at (20) LSU 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Louisiana Tech at Texas Tech 7:00 p.m. FSN / FS Go
Maryland at UCF 7:00 p.m. CBSSN /
Navy at Tulane 7:00 p.m. ASN/NESN / ESPN3
Army at UTEP 7:00 p.m. ASN
South Alabama at UL Lafayette 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Troy at Southern Miss 7:00 p.m. beIN SPORTS
Liberty at SMU 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
(3) Ohio State at (14) Oklahoma 7:30 p.m. FOX / FS Go
(12) Michigan State at (18) Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. NBC /
(16) Georgia at Missouri 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
North Texas at (23) Florida 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Texas State at (24) Arkansas 7:30 p.m. SECN alternate / WatchESPN
USC at (7) Stanford 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Portland State at (8) Washington 8:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Duke at Northwestern 8:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Buffalo at Nevada 9:00 p.m. MWN
UCLA at BYU 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(11) Texas at California 10:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Utah at San Jose State 10:30 p.m. CBSSN /
Hawaii at Arizona 10:45 p.m. Pac-12N /