Week 1 Preview: #7 Michigan Wolverines vs. Hawaii Warriors
Finally after hearing the hype and reading all sorts of news and updates on the team, kickoff is here! Michigan gets the season started against the Hawaii Warriors, who are going to be playing their second game of the season.
Hawaii will be battling two monsters on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines and themselves as they have to be tired after having long trips these past two weeks. They had to take a 10 hour flight from Hawaii to Australia and then another 10 hours back to Hawaii after getting crunched by Cal 51-31. Then they will be taking a nine-hour flight to Ann Arbor on Saturday, so jet lag could have a factor in this weeks game. Hawaii could look tired and not on the same page come game time.
Speaking of getting crunched last week, Hawaii lost to the Cal Bears, so Michigan actually has some film on the Warriors unlike most week one opponents. Taking a look at last weeks stats, Michigan should be able to have a field day with the Warriors. Ikaika Woolsey, the starting quarterback for Hawaii ended up going 17 for 34 for 234 yards, getting a touchdown and an interception. That isn’t a good performance against an average PAC-12 team, which was ranked 108 in total defense last year. Michigan ended at number four last year and with all of their starting players in the secondary returning, and Jabrill Peppers moving to linebacker, Michigan should be able to shut down the passing attack.
The rushing attack for Hawaii was much better for the Warriors. Their leading rusher was Diocemy Saint Juste, who had 14 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown. Behind him was Steven Lakalaka who had 11 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown, along with Paul Harris getting seven carries for 36 yards and another touchdown. Michigan will have all eyes on the run as it was the main point of offense and they had three different players get in the end zone. Michigan did lose Willie Henry in the draft, but gained back Bryan Mone and Ryan Glasgow from injury and brought in the number one player in the nation Rashad Gary. Michigan has an elite defensive line so the run game for the Warriors will have to face their toughest possible defensive line this season and hope they can get at least some yards against the Wolverines.
Now taking a look at Michigan this week, the biggest question remains unanswered. Who is the starting quarterback? Jim Harbaugh did say the players know who is starting, so the question has been answered, but the public won’t know until come game time. Majority of Michigan writers believe that Wilton Speight is going to be the starter, so let’s imagine that he is the guy. Speight only came in when Rudock went down for an injury last year and helped lead the team to a win over Minnesota.
Running backs will be led by De’Veon Smith and possibly Drake Johnson if he is ready to play as Jim Harbaugh hasn’t said a word on his return. Kareem Walker, the number one running back in the nation might see some playing time, but with no depth chart getting released by Harbaugh nobody knows what to expect in playing time.
The receiving core did lose Ahmir Mitchell after getting suspended and subsequently transferring to Rutgers where he will be able to play in 2017, but besides that Michigan has a ton of good players at the wide receiver position with Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh returning for their senior year. Tight end Jake Butt decided to come back for his senior year as well as he is looking to win a championship at Michigan and move his draft stock up to a first round pick.
Overall Michigan will have an easy week one game against the Warriors and all of the hype, the talk and everything else will be gone and what the team does on the field is what will matter. Michigan will take advantage of the jet lagged Warriors and will show everyone why they are a top 10 team with a solid win week one.
Prediction: #7 Michigan Wolverines 56 – Hawaii Warriors 7
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