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Michigan vs. Minnesota Game Preview: Prediction, how to watch and more

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The Wolverines look to keep the Jug in Ann Arbor under the lights.

Michigan v Minnesota Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Michigan Football is back in action this week in one of the more fun rivalry games at the college level when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the Little Brown Jug.

This will be the second night game at Michigan Stadium this season and fans will look to make it a unique environment for Brandon Peters, who is expected to get his first-career start for the Wolverines.

The other point of intrigue for this contest comes in the coaching matchup between Jim Harbaugh and P.J. Fleck, two of the most interesting personalities in the game and two guys that mirror each other in a lot of ways.

Minnesota started the year hot before dropping four of its first five in conference play. It has the look of another team that could be overwhelmed by Michigan’s defense, which puts all eyes on the offense to take steps forward like it did against Rutgers.

Expect to see more of the same from the Wolverines under Peters that we saw last week. There will be some mistakes, but now they come with the benefit of stock built moving forward.

Prediction: Michigan 35, Minnesota 7

Game Info

Teams: Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4, 1-4 B1G) vs. Michigan Wolverines (6-2, 3-2 B1G)

Date: November 4, 2017

Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET

Television: Fox/Fox Sports Go

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

Spread: Michigan -15.5, O/U 41

Fun Facts

  • Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Holly Saunders will be on the call for the television broadcast. If Brando’s name sounds familiar, here’s where you may remember it from:
  • Michigan holds a 75-24-3 record against Minnesota in 103 meetings between the two programs.
  • The Wolverines have won 23 of the last 25 in the series.
  • The game is expected to be the first-career start for second year quarterback Brandon Peters, who made his debut last week.
  • Michigan is currently in possession of the Little Brown Jug after winning at Minnesota in 2015.