Michigan Wolverines vs. Oregon Ducks

September 7, 2007

Since the Michigan Wolverines stunning loss to Division 2 Appalachian State, there’s been no shortage of predictions and speculation over how Michigan will respond in its next game Saturday against the Oregon Ducks. 

One thing’s for sure: How the Wolverines play against the Ducks will go a long way in determining if Head Coach Lloyd Carr’s team really is that bad, or if they’re just in the midst of a short losing streak.  

They entered the season as the fifth-ranked team in the country, and the odds-on favorite to win the Big Ten and challenge for the national title. But the loss was UM’s third in a row dating back to last season, and it snapped a seven-game home winning streak. Considered one of the biggest upsets in the long history of College Football, the loss sent the team spiraling out of the Top-25 in the latest AP poll – the largest fall in the poll’s history. 

Michigan is a 7-point favorite at Sportbet, which is a bit generous considering last weekend’s loss, the Pac-10’s historical dominance over the Big Ten, and the Ducks’ season-opening 48-27 win over the defending Conference USA champion Houston Cougars.  

But you can’t help but think that: 1) Michigan, with its rich, proud history in College Football, will treat this game like the biggest test of their football lives, and 2) Michigan is fundamentally a better team than Oregon 

On paper, the Wolverines should cover the spread, but the question is, will they cover it where it counts – on the field? If they have any pride left, the answer will be a resounding yes. 

Joey Bambino

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