Michigan vs. UConn: Prediction and preview
Michigan gets back on the field in Week 3 of the 2022 college football season and will take on UConn in the final nonconference game of the season. Kickoff for that game is set for 12 p.m. Eastern time on ABC this Saturday.
Michigan vs. UConn preview
Well, the Wolverines are 2-0 after completing Jim Harbaugh’s extended quarterback battle to begin the season. That’s the good news, and the other good news is that the QB battle had a resounding winner entering Week 3.
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That winner – and Michigan’s starter (for the time being) – is sophomore QB and former 5-star prospect JJ McCarthy. He had a dominant outing in Hawaii and also outshined returning starter Cade McNamara after coming on in Week 1 against Colorado State.
To begin the season, McCarthy has been a near-perfect 15-for-16 passing the ball for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns. Under his guidance, the offense scored on almost every possession against the Rainbow Warriors and was highly efficient.
In the rushing attack, Blake Corum leads the Wolverines with 164 yards. CJ Stokes and Donovan Edwards have also hit 90 yards with all 3 primary running backs reach at least 6 yards per carry.
Regardless of who starts for Michigan this weekend, it is not likely to make much of a difference against a UConn team that is rebuilding under Jim Mora.
The Huskies did hang tough in a season-opening road trip to Utah State before losing 31-20 but are most recently coming off a 48-14 loss at home to Syracuse. UConn’s 20.7 points per game across the first 3 games of the season is a mark that ranks 183rd nationally.
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The simple fact of the matter is UConn’s struggles are not going to suddenly turn around in the Big House. After reaching the College Football Playoff last season, Jim Harbaugh has his squad focused and on task to begin the 2022 season.
Michigan vs. UConn prediction
It doesn’t matter who starts at QB for the Wolverines this weekend, and it doesn’t really matter who starts at running back, either. Michigan’s offense should have zero problems scoring at will, so expect a limited – but electric – look at McCarthy and the first-team offense.
The Wolverine defense should also have a field day, particularly up front. Expect Michigan’s depth and overall firepower on both sides of the ball to take control of this one early on.
Prediction: Michigan 66, UConn 6