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2021 Week 1 Game Thread: Michigan Wolverines vs. Western Michigan Broncos

Week 1 is finally here!

NCAA Football: Western Michigan at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1 of the college football season is always one of my favorite weeks of the year. You get games starting on Thursday, with a nightcap on Labor Day. And right smack dab in the middle of all of that is the Michigan Wolverines’ home opener against a capable Mid-American Conference in-state foe in the Western Michigan Broncos.

The Broncos, led by Tim Lester, finished second in the MAC West a season ago with a record of 4-2, with their two losses coming in their final two contests against Eastern Michigan and Ball State.

The Wolverines...ya know what. We don’t need to recap 2020.

It’s a brand new season, and it all starts this afternoon in Ann Arbor. Anything can happen, and it’s sure to be a beautiful day for a football game. Let’s get to the important stuff.

Game Info

Teams: Western Michigan at Michigan

Date: Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021

Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Kickoff: Noon

Television: ESPN

Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (to listen online, click here)

Spread: Michigan -17; O/U: 67

Today’s question: How is the new-look defense going to perform Week 1? This will be our first real look at the new defense, commanded by defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald. Will the secondary perform better than it did a season ago? Will the defensive line be able to force pressure on the quarterback? If they start off with a strong performance, it could lead to some much-needed momentum heading into a Week 2 showdown in the Big House against the Washington Huskies.

Be sure to comment down below with us as we all watch the game together!