The Michigan Wolverines wrapped up fall camp and are now into game week. The first opponent of the 2021 season comes in the form of the Western Michigan Broncos, who project to be one of the better teams in the Mid-American Conference but may still serve as an easing into the season for the Wolverines.
Michigan opens the season as a 17-point favorite over the Broncos, so while this is still a healthy margin it is not a cupcake non-conference game. This will be the first non-Big Ten opponent Michigan has seen since the Citrus Bowl vs. Alabama and also the first non-con team in almost two years.
There are likely position battles that will still play themselves out into the regular season, but we know that Cade McNamara is going to be the starting quarterback. Unless your name is Daxton Hill, Aidan Hutchinson or a handful of other names, there is a lot of fluidity everywhere else.
Here is what the lineup will probably look like heading into Week 1. From there, we will see how it plays out on Saturday.
Michigan Football 2021 Projected Depth Chart — Week 1
|J.J. McCarthy, Alan Bowman
|Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards
|Daylen Baldwin, Roman Wilson
|Cristian Dixon, Andrel Anthony
|Matthew Hibner, Louis Hansen
|Jeffrey Persi, Tristan Bounds
|Reece Atteberry, Greg Crippen, Raheem Anderson
|Nolan Rumler, Greg Crippen
|Karsen Barnhart, Trente Jones
|Giovanni El-Hadi, Joel Honigford
|Jordan Whittley, Ike Iwunnah
|Gabe Newburg, Kris Jenkins, George Rooks, Dominick Guidice
|Braiden McGregor, TJ Guy
|Kechaun Bennett, Tyler McLaurin, Joey Velasquez, Anthony Solomon
|Darion Green-Warren, Andre Seldon
|RJ Moten, Jalen Perry
|German Green, Eamonn Dennis, Ja'Den McBurrows
|Ronnie Bell, Blake Corum
Saturday’s matchup with the Broncos kicks off at 12 p.m. ET and will be broadcast via ESPN.