Mini-Preview: Michigan at Minnesota

Mini-Preview: Michigan at Minnesota


October 23, 2020
Rashod Bateman (image via 247 Sports)

I have to be honest, and I’ve been so busy with finishing up the season preview and a bunch of other stuff that I haven’t had time to do a good preview. And tonight while I’m finishing this up, I’m deciding to watch the presidential debate instead of trying to watch a bunch of Minnesota stuff.

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday, October 24th, 2020: 7:30 p.m. EST on ABC

ROSTER NOTES

  • Minnesota players offered by Michigan: OL Curtis Dunlap Jr., OL Daniel Faalele, DB Benny Sapp III, DB Benjamin St-Juste
  • Minnesota players from the State of Michigan include: LB Trenton Guthrie (Northville), DL Ali Saad (Dearborn), TE Bryce Witham (Grand Rapids West Catholic)
  • Minnesota DB Benjamin St-Juste signed with Michigan out of high school before transferring to Minnesota
  • Minnesota DB Benny Sapp III is the son of former NFL DB Benny Sapp II, who played with the Chiefs, Vikings, and Dolphins

Hit the jump for more.

LAST TIME THEY PLAYED . . .

  • Michigan beat Minnesota by a score of 33-10 on November 4, 2017
  • RB Karan Higdon ran 16 times for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • RB Chris Evans ran 13 time for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • QB Brandon Peters started and completed 8/13 passes for 56 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Michigan leads the all-time Little Brown Jug series, 75-25-3

PREDICTIONS

  • The book on Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman is that he struggles with physical, press coverage. And that happens to be what Michigan does a lot. Bateman is best when he gets a free release, so Michigan CB Vincent Gray – and others – need to push him around to get him off his game.
  • Michigan’s offensive line comes together quicker than Minnesota’s.
  • Joe Milton shows some happy feet and throws an interception.
  • Michigan 24, Minnesota 20

6 comments

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    Blue
    Oct 23, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    On the road in the sub-freezing weather with a new quarterback against a team that went 11-2 last year. Just a brutal way to start the season. Hill and Hawkins will need to make sure Minnesota can’t find any big plays if we want to win this thing.

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    PapaBear
    Oct 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Outside of Morgan and Bateman, not sure where they are better than us? UM is unproven…yes. But damn…..very talented!

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    umfarnn
    Oct 23, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    The biggest things that give me optimism about this game is the Minnesota starting OTs being out and the high turnover in the Minnesota front 7. Should allow Michigan to get to the QB and allow the running game to take pressure off Milton.

  4. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Oct 23, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    My guess – Michigan rushes for well over 200 yards and wins easily by double digits.

    Both sides have to play in the same weather. It’s a lot tougher to throw 40 times when its really cold out. Run game favors Michigan especially with Minn missing people.

    Our OL may have a new look but these guys have been around and know what it takes and what to do. Two juniors, two seniors, and one 5th year in front of the deepest and maybe best RB group in a decade.

    Milton takes a few shots downfield that go one way or the other but otherwise focuses on easy reads and ends up with a low volume day. I would be shocked if the staff let him loose in his first start on the road, at night, in the cold. I don’t think they’ll need to.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 23, 2020 at 3:37 PM

      meant to say 300

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    awolverine10
    Oct 23, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    Michigan 31, Minnesota 21.

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