Stewart Mandel: Michigan will lose to Iowa, Ohio State
Something tells me Stewart Mandel’s mentions will be full of Michigan fans on Monday.
The Fox Sports college football writer made a couple of bold predictions about Michigan in 2016.
The first of which, Michigan fans will like. Mandel believes the Wolverines will start the season 9-0 and rise all the way up to No. 2 in the national rankings.
But that’s where the fun ends.
He predicted that Michigan will lose in Iowa City…and he predicted the Wolverines will fall at Ohio State in the regular season finale.
Here’s what Mandel wrote about Michigan in his bold prediction column:
After dominating the offseason with satellite camps and rap songs, Michigan’s coach will keep making headlines. Behind a physical rushing attack and defensive front, the rapidly improving Wolverines take a 7-0 record into their Oct. 29 clash with rival Michigan State. I’ll go one step further than that – they win that one, too, then beat Maryland to get to 9-0 and No. 2 in the national polls.
But then Iowa brings Michigan back to earth, and worse, 9-2 Ohio State beats Harbaugh in the Horseshoe to claim the Big Ten East. Michigan still reaches a New Year’s Six bowl and starts 2017 in the Top 5.
That’s obviously just one man’s opinion, but it certainly isn’t a popular one in Ann Arbor.
Michigan, of course, is still looking for its first conference title since 2004. Many predicted that streak will end this year.
Will the Wolverines make Mandel look smart? Fortunately, we’ll find out somewhat soon.