Massachusetts vs. Michigan: Complete Game Preview

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Massachusetts vs. Michigan: Complete Game Preview
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The Michigan Wolverines were aided by freshman Devin Funchess this past Saturday.

The Michigan Wolverines came dangerously close to being upset at The Big House in Ann Arbor this past Saturday, narrowly escaping with a 31-25 victory over the visiting Air Force Falcons.

Despite the slim win, the Wolverines (1-1, 1-0) are still ranked 17th in the nation and play host at 3:30 p.m. Saturday to the Massachusetts Minutemen (0-2, 0-1).

After a tough Week 1 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide and a meek showing against the Falcons, the Wolverines, who earned a preseason No. 8 ranking, must come out firing this Saturday to avoid being labeled "overrated."

Freshman tight end Devin Funchess showed a world of potential with a 30-yard touchdown catch that accompanied 106 receiving yards against the Falcons, and senior quarterback Denard Robinson unleashed his inner "Shoelace" en route to posting 426 yards of total offense, passing and rushing for over 200 yards for the third time during his collegiate career.

Will Funchess have his way with the Minutemen, or will the Wolverines continue to rely on Robinson's take-charge mindset?

Will the Wolverines' clock be cleaned by the Minutemen, who average just three points per game? Or will they push their game into high gear and show why they were considered one of the Big Ten's elite entering 2012?

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