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Michigan Football vs. Cincinnati Game Preview: How to watch, stream, more

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The Wolverines and Bearcats meet for the first time at the Big House.

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Michigan Football (1-0) looks to add their second win of the young 2017 campaign on Saturday when they host the Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0) in the home opener at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines moved up three spots in the polls this week up to No. 8 after a mostly-dominant win over the Florida Gators in Dallas in Week 1. This game is not expected to be very close, with Vegas installing Michigan as a 34.5-point favorite in this contest.

This will be the first time that Michigan and Cincinnati have ever met and the second-ever game that former Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell has coached with the Bearcats, so there is a bit of a storyline there.

Something to keep an eye on this week is how sharp Wilton Speight looks after a pair of pick-sixes against the Gators in the first week of the season. Michigan wants to see him get the ball down and hit on more of his deep passes, so it will be interesting to see if they are able to get him in a rhythm we have not seen since last season.

Michigan is a heavy favorite in this game and after the defense they displayed in their 2017 debut, this one will not be all that close. Look for them to blow the spread away in this game.

Prediction: Michigan 45, Cincinnati 0

Game Info

Teams: Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0) vs. No. 8 Michigan Wolverines (1-0

Date: September 9, 2017

Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan (109,901)

Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET

Television: ABC/WatchESPN

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

Spread: Michigan -34.5, O/U 50

Fun Facts

  • Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard and Allison Williams will be on the television call for ABC
  • This is the first time that Michigan and Cincinnati have met on the football field
  • The Wolverines are 23-5-1 against teams that currently are members of the American Athletic Conference
  • Michigan is 114-18-3 all-time in home openers
  • Jim Harbaugh has won his first two home openers coaching for the Wolverines (35-7 over Oregon State in 2015, 63-3 over Hawaii in 2016)

Week Two Television Schedule

Week 2 Games

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
#21 South Florida at Connecticut 10:30 AM ESPNews WatchESPN.com
Cincinnati at #8 Michigan 12:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Florida Atlantic at #9 Wisconsin 12:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Louisiana Monroe at #10 Florida State 12:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
#17 Louisville at North Carolina 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Charlotte at #19 Kansas State 12:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Northern Colorado at #22 Florida 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Northwestern at Duke 12:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
East Carolina at West Virginia 12:00 PM FS2 FoxSportsGo.com
Buffalo at Army 12:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Towson at Maryland 12:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
UT Martin at Ole Miss 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Iowa at Iowa State 12:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech 12:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Wake Forest at Boston College 1:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Texas State at Colorado 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
UAB at Ball State 3:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Fresno State at #1 Alabama 3:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Pittsburgh at #4 Penn State 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Delaware at #18 Virginia Tech 3:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
#23 TCU at Arkansas 3:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Tulane at Navy 3:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Austin Peay at Miami (OH) 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Howard at Kent State 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Villanova at Temple 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Savannah State at Appalachian State 3:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
Middle Tennessee at Syracuse 3:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Indiana at Virginia 3:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Old Dominion at UMass 3:30 PM None None
Western Michigan at Michigan State 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
Eastern Michigan at Rutgers 3:30 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
San José State at Texas 3:30 PM Longhorn Network WatchESPN.com
Abilene Christian at Colorado State 3:30 PM None WatchStadium.com
Indiana State at #25 Tennessee 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Gardner-Webb at Wyoming 4:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Central Michigan at Kansas 4:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Louisiana at Tulsa 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
New Hampshire vs. Georgia Southern (Birmingham, AL) 4:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Nebraska at Oregon 4:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Hawai'i at UCLA 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Weber State at California 5:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Marshall at NC State 6:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
South Dakota at Bowling Green 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Alabama State at Troy 6:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Akron 6:30 PM None WatchESPN.com
#13 Auburn at #3 Clemson 7:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Toledo at Nevada 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
UNLV at Idaho 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
North Texas at SMU 7:00 PM None WatchESPN.com
South Carolina at Missouri 7:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Nicholls at Texas A&M 7:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Southern at Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM None WatchStadium.com
#5 Oklahoma at #2 Ohio State 7:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Chattanooga at #12 LSU 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
#15 Georgia at #24 Notre Dame 7:30 PM NBC NBCSports.com
Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech 7:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Montana at #7 Washington 8:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Rice at UTEP 8:00 PM None None
New Mexico State at New Mexico 8:00 PM None Facebook
UT San Antonio at Baylor 8:00 PM FSN FoxSportsGo.com
Western Kentucky at Illinois 8:00 PM BTN BTN2Go.com
#14 Stanford at #6 USC 8:30 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
Minnesota at Oregon State 10:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Utah at BYU 10:15 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Boise State at #20 Washington State 10:30 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Houston at Arizona 10:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
San Diego State at Arizona State 11:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com