Air Force vs. Michigan: Denard Robinson Will Join Heisman Race with Monster Game

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01:  Denard Robinson #16 of the University of Michigan drops back kto pass during the game against the University of Alabama at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Alabama defeated Michigan 41-14.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Oh what a difference a week makes.

Last Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines were preparing to open up the 2012 college football season against the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in Arlington, Texas. 

This week?

Michigan hosts Air Force at home in Ann Arbor, where preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Denard Robinson will look to make some major repairs to his statistics en route to a mighty Wolverines' victory. 

Robinson and Co. are favored by three touchdowns on Saturday afternoon, and should have no problem moving the ball and scoring points against an Air Force defense that allowed 21 points to Idaho State last weekend. 

Although Robinson struggled tremendously at Cowboys Stadium against the Crimson Tide's fast and furious defense, he still managed to rack up 227 total yards of offense in defeat.

I see him at the very least doubling that production in Week 2 against the Falcons. Air Force allowed 431 total yards to Idaho State in their season-opening win, and were absolutely torched through the air, surrendering 365 passing yards to the Bengals.

The combination of a bitter Denard Robinson and an extremely suspect Air Force defense will result in a monster game from the Michigan senior signal-caller, and one that will springboard him back into the Heisman discussion this fall.

It is important to note that Robinson has thrown for at least 2,100 yards and rushed for at least 1,100 yards in each of the past two seasons. 

Robinson has also thrown 38 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 30 scores over the past two seasons with the Wolverines. 

After being embarrassed by Nick Saban's crew last weekend, Robinson will lead the Wolverines offense to a monster game and a memorable day against Air Force.

In front of thousands of Big Blue supporters, the former Heisman Trophy candidate will resurrect his place in the race for college football's most prestigious individual award. 

A playmaker of his caliber simply cannot be kept under wraps two weeks in a row. 


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