The Michigan Wolverines start the 2013 campaign with numerous questions on offense, but a newly constituted offensive line and quarterback Devin Gardner are expected to unveil a return to power football in Ann Arbor.
Central Michigan is trying to build on 7-6 campaign in 2012 that culminated in a 24-21 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Last year's winning record took some of the heat off of head coach Dan Enos and CMU fans are hoping that he has turned the program around.
Time: 3:42 PM ET
Place: Michigan Stadium (109,901), Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michigan vs. Central Michigan: 3-0
Michigan vs. MAC: 31-1
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: Michigan IMG Sports Network
Spread: Michigan by 31.5
Last Meeting vs. Central Michigan: U-M 41, Central Michigan 17
Behind a strong rushing attack, Michigan defeated Central Michigan, 41-17, at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 9, 2006. On a wet day that featured a 60-minute weather delay, the running game carried the load offensively, accumulating 252 yards and four touchdowns on 50 rushing attempts. Junior running back Mike Hart paced all rushers with 116 yards on 19 carries and tied a career high with three
touchdowns. The Wolverines proved equally as effective on defense, holding the Chippewas to 16 yards rushing on 21 attempts while recording eight tackles for loss, forcing two fumbles and returning one interception for a touchdown.