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Denard Robinson is a much more capable passer than most folks (especially those in the South) give him credit for, but his arm is far from legendary.
He struggled at times in 2011 in a system completely new to him. However, his best statistical game came against arch-rival Ohio State, where he completed 82.4 percent of his passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns.
That was in the final game of the regular season, and his numbers were clearly improved over his 45.8 completion percentage against Notre Dame in Week 2.
Robinson is going to miss a lot against 'Bama, but when he hits, he will hit big.
Prediction for Robinson: 150 yards, 9-of-20 passing, one touchdown, one interception.
With that being said, I will lay it out right here that A.J. McCarron is better. McCarron won't need to rely on his legs, as he will let his arm do the talking, just as a quarterback should.
After what he did to LSU's defense on January 9, 2012, there should be no doubt that McCarron will have his way with Michigan's secondary.
Prediction for McCarron: 300 yards, 22-of-30 passing, two touchdowns, no interceptions.
Why McCarron will lead: He will have too many young yet talented weapons in addition to three veteran targets in tight end Michael Williams, running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Kevin Norwood. When it's obvious that McCarron can take on Michigan's defensive backs, Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will stick to the pass and the receivers will stay in bounds.