The Big Ten season is officially underway for the Michigan Wolverines, as they play host to the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers this afternoon at the Big House.
Both teams have things rolling through the first three games of the season, albeit neither team has truly been tested yet. Michigan has outscored their opponents 141-34, while Rutgers has allowed just one point less (33) than Michigan in its first three contests.
The Scarlet Knights’ season could go south real quick, as the next three weeks have them playing Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. It seems like a pivotal stretch to the beginning of the Greg Schiano Part 2 era, so we’ll see if they come out playing with their hair on fire today.
For Michigan, this is its final home game before a very important road game against Wisconsin — a team that has blown them out each of the last two seasons. Do I smell a second Revenge Tour? We’ll find out next week, but for now, let’s get to the facts of today’s game in Ann Arbor.
Teams: Rutgers (3-0) at No. 19 Michigan (3-0)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (to listen online, click here)
Spread: Michigan -20.5; O/U: 50
Today’s question: Will Cade McNamara and Michigan be able to take advantage of Rutgers through the air? The Scarlet Knights are without one of its better cornerbacks today in Max Melton and a reserve cornerback in Chris Long after being arrested by Rutgers campus police after shooting three students with a paintball gun. Long hadn’t had much playing time, but Melton was having a great start to his redshirt freshman season with eight tackles, one tackle for loss, four passes deflected, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick. If the Wolverines are able to take advantage of that, it should be another win for the Maize and Blue.