By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor
It’s Senior Day for the University of Michigan Wolverines. Denard Robinson and Jordan Kovacs have been the most influential seniors on this team, both being captains this year.
Kovacs has been one of the top players on the defense since he joined the team as a walk-on four years ago. Robinson has been the face of Michigan football despite not playing the past two and a half games.
On the final game for these two iconic players in Michigan football, don’t expect a loss. Head Coach Brady Hoke has still not lost at home, despite a close call last week against Northwestern.
Prediction: Michigan 42, Iowa 12
Don’t expect that to change this week, as Iowa is coming in a huge underdog in a very disappointing season. The 4-6 Hawkeyes (2-4) in the B1G 10, are looking to at least salvage this season and look to have a .500 season by winning the next two weeks.
One part of that would be good news for the Wolverines. They need Iowa to win next week in order to get to the B1G 10 Championship. The Hawkeyes play Nebraska, who owns the tiebreaker over the Wolverines in the B1G 10 Leaders Division.
Before the Wolverines look to the scoreboard, along with Ohio State next week on the road, they still need to focus on the Hawkeyes this weekend.
A 17 point spread is the line for the Wolverines, so don’t be surprised to see a blowout. Devin Gardner is expected to start at quarterback, with Hoke continuing to say that Robinson is “day-to-day.”
Even with Gardner starting, don’t be surprised to see Robinson in for a couple of plays, so he can at least go out on a good note on his home turf. It’s not that he wouldn’t care, because he has expressed he will do what it takes to help the team.
Because of his injury (nerve damage in his throwing elbow), don’t expect him to come in to throw. Expect Robinson to do what he has done to make him a memorable player in this program. Run.
On the other side of the field, Iowa will just look to win, or at least take something from the game. The good thing for the Hawkeyes, they have averaged around 20.8 points per game, not bad, but allowed 22 points per game, which is why they aren’t doing so well.
The one thing that is going for Iowa is their passing game. Senior quarterback James Vandenberg has thrown for almost 2000 yards this year and accounted for five touchdowns. Their top receiver is senior Keenan Davis, who has 46 receptions for 560 yards and only one touchdown.
Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, the Wolverines have the best pass defense in the nation. Good luck passing, because they only points the Hawkeyes might get Saturday afternoon are field goals.
This game should shape up to be a wonderful experience for all players on the Wolverine sideline and to see the seniors go out on top, with a win.
To read the original post that appeared online only in The Michigan Journal, on Friday, November 16, 2012, go to www.michiganjournal.org