The Michigan Wolverines are once again expected to contend for the Big Ten Conference title in 2020. In 2019, the Wolverines finished with an overall record of 9-4 and 6-3 in conference play. Oddsmakers have given the Wolverines an over/under win total of 9.5 for 2020. The Wolverines will have a difficult time reaching that over/under plateau because of a difficult regular season schedule and very competitive Big Ten opponents top to bottom.
Dylan McCaffrey will replace the departed Shea Patterson at quarterback while Joe Milton will push McCaffrey for playing time. The offensive line must replace four starters but right tackle Jalen Mayfield returns, while Ryan Hayes will start at left tackle after seeing plenty of action last season in a backup role. Andrew Stuber will take over the right guard spot while Chuck Filigala and Zach Carpenter will complete the line.
Michigan lost its top receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, but will have a strong receiving corps led by Giles Jackson, Mike Sainristil and Cornelius Johnson. Ronnie Bell who was the leader in receptions in 2019 for the Wolverine's also returns as the slot receiver. The running game for Michigan will be shared by Zach Charbonnet and Hassan Haskins. Last season the two combined for 1,348 yards and 15 touchdowns, with Charbonnet scoring 11 of the 15.
Five of Michigan's defensive players from 2019 were selected in the NFL draft but the defense will remain one of the best in the conference in 2020. The defensive line will be anchored by Carlo Kemp, while the linebackers will be led by Josh Ross and Cam McGrone. Michael Barrett will also play a big role at linebacker. The Wolverines secondary will have plenty of experience with seniors Brad Hawkins and Ambry Thomas while Vincent Gray and Daxton Hill have also started in the past.
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Although Michigan will have an excellent defense again in 2020, the offense remains a big question mark with a new quarterback under center. In addition, the Wolverines have the third toughest schedule amongst the 130 FBS teams according to several strength of schedule rankings, which will make it difficult surpassing the 9.5 win total. In addition, as head coach with the Wolverines Jim Harbaugh is a disastrous 2-11 versus teams ranked in the top 10 and has lost each of his five games against Ohio State. Final Prediction, Michigan Wolverines UNDER 9.5