Last year’s opening classic was LSU and Oregon. That may have been one of the best opening classics of college football openers, but this year we are also set for a great game. This year’s opener is between the #8 Michigan Wolverines and the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. This is such a great match-up for college football and the fans of college football. It’s pretty much Michigan’s explosive offense against Alabama’s solid defense, but I’m going to tell you why that isn’t as great sounding as it should be.
My prediction is that it will be a close game and that the winner will be the Michigan Wolverines in an upset. The reason that this isn’t going to be an explosive offense against a solid defense is because Alabama is nowhere close to the same team as last year. Last year’s team for Alabama was amazing, and their defense proved to be an amazing defense, but this year won’t come close to the spectacular defense of last year. Alabama lost way too many players for me to feel comfortable to say that they could easily win the SEC or even another title. They lost cornerbacks DeQuan Menzie and Dre Kirkpatrick, linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower, defensive tackle Josh Chapman, and safety Mark Barron. Plus, they lost Trent Richardson as well, and Eddie Lacy is no Richardson. All of the players that they lost, except for Josh Chapman, were First Team All-Americans.
Michigan can easily take this game if they perform beyond their expectations. Denard Robinson needs to have 200+ passing yards, 90+ rushing, and at least 2 total touchdowns. Seeing Denard in the past, he could easily pull this off. I have total faith that Robinson could pull off this upset and beat Alabama, but it won’t come easily. They will definitely have to work for it.
Michigan and Alabama fans, come get your tickets for what is sure to be an exiciting game. This will definitely be a classic for this season of college football. Get your tickets now at Frontrow.com.Eric Drouant