Week 1. We’re less than a week away from the return of Big Ten Football. College Gameday has announced they will be heading to Minnesota for the weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. When I heard about the Big Ten returning, I was skeptical, I didn’t know if we would reach this point where it looks achievable to have college football in the age of COVID without an NBA bubble type situation. With that, we’ve almost reached Michigan’s big week 1 matchup under the lights, and I thought it would be fitting to give 4 predictions for the game this Saturday, as well as my outcome prediction. Let’s do it
I have to be honest here, other than a few of the Big 10 games on this list, I had no clue there were so many intriguing and relevant non-conference games scheduled this season! It sucks that there likely won’t be electric atmospheres at most of those games, but these 10 I have chosen should all be fantastic football to enjoy this upcoming fall. I should preface that I tried to keep the list to games that are not played on a regular basis (I’m looking at you ND-USC, although it wouldn’t have made the cut anyways). So, I’m going to be ranking these ten games on their pre-season intrigue and potential relevancy in both conference championship and CFP races. Let’s get started!
Welcome back! Let’s keep these rankings rolling. For anyone who missed the first rendition of this series, I am ranking each position group for the Michigan Wolverines heading into the 2020 season. In the previous edition, I gave my number 6-10 rankings, which you can find here. Today I will be continuing with the top 5 position groups as of right now in my opinion. Let’s get started!
While the future for sports in 2020 is still unclear, I am confident that the greatest sport on planet Earth in College Football will adapt to the unusual situation and continue with the 2020-2021 season. With a multitude of Wolverines being drafted this past month in the NFL draft (10), it leaves a lot of vacancies in starting positions on the roster. I’ll be ranking each position group against one another as the roster stands right now. I have separated the roster into 10 position groups: quarterback, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers, cornerbacks, safeties, and special teams. I will not be including incoming freshmen into consideration for these rankings as we have not had the opportunity to see these young players in action at all yet (thanks COVID). Today I’ll be covering rankings 10-6, with 5-1 following in the near future.
These are confusing times for Michigan Football. What even constitutes a “step forward” for this program at this point?