Friday, September 18, 2015

Lazy Man's Michigan Preview: UNLV

I love that new head coach Tony Sanchez has embraced Vegas. Keep it up Tone!


It's a little breather before BYU comes to town next week.

UNLV Runnin Rebels (0-2, 0-0 MWC) @ Michigan Wolverines (1-1, 0-0 B1G)
Michigan Stadium, Saturday 9/19 Noon ET BTN

Offense
If you thought last week was run heavy, just wait until tomorrow. UNLV deploys a 6'6" 230 NT. Maybe he's quick? Regardless, this game should showcase a ton of DeVeon Smith and the Wolverine's new found power run game. I wouldn't be surprised if Rudock throws less than 15 times.

Defense
UNLV lost it's starting QB last week and inserted what looked like a terrified back-up. This offense will essentially be the Beavers, but not as good. I'd look for the Wolverines to stack the box and force UNLV to throw the ball. This will give Wormly and crew plenty of opportunities to once again this week send the opposing QB into the fetal position.

Special Teams
I suspect we'll see lots of kick team and punt return team. Let's try and get Peppers a nice return. What do you say fellas?

Prediction
Living in Vegas for the last five years, I really want to see UNLV do well. But, there's really no two ways about it, UNLV just isn't good. I think they've looked more competitive in two losses this season than I saw last year. Hiring Sanchez seems to have been a good call. But he's going to need some time.

This preview is a bit shortened this week as the Vegas Grillbillies are embarking on our maiden journey into competitive BBQ. As a matter of fact, I gotta get moving.

Michigan dominates early. Wilton Speight sees a full quarter of play. Peppers gets that return TD. Cole finally blocks that punt. All is well in Ann Arbor.

Michigan 48 - 6

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