|Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure had 150 yards rushing and averaged over 7 yards a carry in 2009.|
It just so happens that my personal schedule hasn't left me much time over the past couple days. I don't have time for a full preview, and even a full preview would say the same thing it always does: Michigan's offense has the advantage, and no matter how bad the offense, the Wolverines' defense will be worse.
The problems on defense have only been exacerbated by this week's loss of cornerback J.T. Floyd to an ankle injury and the ongoing ankle problems for nose tackle Mike Martin. Mediocre Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will likely look like the Second Coming of . . . well . . . Matt McGloin and shred Michigan's defense.
Meanwhile, Illinois is #15 in total defense and #12 in scoring defense.
I do not expect good things to happen.
- Running back Mikel Leshoure will run for a billion yards
- Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will pass for a billion yards
- Vincent Smith will get a handful of carries and do virtually nothing
- Denard Robinson will run for a bunch of yards, get hurt, and throw the ball erratically (not necessarily in that order)
- Illinois 38, Michigan 27