The Michigan Wolverines are facing a familiar task today as they get ready for their second Big Ten game of the season against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Last season the Wolverines started out the year by going 4-0, including a heart stopping game winning drive by QB Tate Forcier, before collapsing the rest of the year, finishing 5-7.
The collapse started on the road in East Lansing, where the Spartans beat Michigan 26-20 in OT, followed by another heart stopping loss, on the road to Iowa, 30-28.
This year is eerily similar, as Michigan started by going 5-0, again beating the Fighting Irish in the final seconds on a Denard Robinson TD run in the final seconds.
Last week the Wolverines started the back to back State-Iowa games by losing to the Spartans, only this time it wasn't close, as MSU beat the Wolverines, 34-17.
The Michigan defense is still the worst in the entire country, and if the Wolverines are to win, the defense has to make plays, it's that simple.
Iowa has the #1 ranked defense in the country, and they are coming off a off week of preparation after defeating Penn State in Happy Valley.
The Iowa defense is very good, but with the exception of the Nittany Lions, they haven't played an offense ranked higher than 80th in the country.
Michigan's Sophomore QB Robinson threw 3 INT's last week vs. the Spartans, and cannot afford to turn the ball over.
The Wolverines offense will be missing WR Martavious Odoms, who is possibly out for the year with a broken foot.
Iowa's offense is led by QB Ricky Stanzi, who passed all over the Wolverine defense in 2009.
Michigan must keep the Hawkeyes from making big plays on offense, as Michigan State did last week.
Michigan can become bowl eligible for the first time in the Rich Rodriguez coaching era, and I believe this team will make that happen.
After the loss to Sparty, Robinson talked to his team and took responsibility for the loss, a speech that has resonated through the Wolverines this week in practice.
The Michigan offense is head and shoulders above anything Iowa has seen this year, and I like Michigan to do what they want on offense, scoring TD's against an Iowa defense that is stepping up in class vs. the Wolverines.
This is Homecoming at Michigan Stadium, and the Wolverines will send the 110,000+ fans in attendance home very happy today, a Maize and Blue happiness, as Michigan defeats Iowa, 37-31.