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Michigan Gameday: No. 7 Wolverines look to go 3-0 vs. Air Force

September 16, 2017

Week 3 is upon us, and Michigan closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule by welcoming in Air Force to Michigan Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know for today’s game:


* Who: No. 7 Michigan (2-0) vs. Air Force (1-0)
* When: Noon ET
* Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
* TV: Big Ten Network
* Radio: Michigan IMG Radio Network (WWJ-AM 950 Detroit; WTKA-AM 1050 Ann Arbor; WOOD-AM 1300 Grand Rapids; WQTX-FM 92.1 Lansing); Sirius Ch. 83, XM Ch. 83, Internet Ch. 964
* Twitter: Follow Aaron McMann and Ryan Zuke
* Live updates: Join the MLive conversation 
* Latest line: Michigan -23
* Series record: Michigan leads 2-0


Five must-reads before kickoff:

* Michigan spent the first two weeks prepping for traditional and spread-style offenses. Now they must turn a complete 180 in a week span to try and combat the tricky triple-option offense of Air Force.

* Aaron McMann is back with his Week 3 mailbag, touching on everything from Wilton Speight to whether Rashan Gary is living up to expectations. There’s also some Air Force talk in there, which groups have surprised (good and bad) and plenty more.

* While everyone is eager to see how Michigan’s defense handles the Air Force run game, it should be smooth sailing for the Wolverines’ offense. A combination of undersized defensive lineman and inexperience in the secondary could help make for a big day for Michigan. We take a position-by-position look at teach team, and offered up a prediction.

* You won’t see offensive lineman Grant Newsome on the field anytime soon, but you may be able to spot him on the sidelines. The junior is busy rehabbing his knee after a freak accident last fall, but he’s taken on a new job as a student-coach, McMann writes.

* It wasn’t just Wilton Speight — Michigan’s offense was sloppy last week, from unnecessary penalties to communication breakdowns in the huddle. The Wolverines spent the week trying to clean all that up, and they think they have.


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* Passing: Wilton Speight, 28-54, 402 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
* Rushing: Ty Isaac, 31 carries, 247 yards, 0 TD
* Receiving: Grant Perry, 8 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD
* Tackles: Tyree Kinnel, 15; Devin Bush, 14
* Sacks: Khaleke Hudson, 3

* Interceptions: Tyree Kinnel, Lavert Hill, 1

Air Force
* Passing: Arion Worthman, 8-12, 172 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
* Rushing: Tim McVey, 10 carries, 98 yards, 1 TD
* Receiving: Tim McVey, 3 catches, 77 yards, 0 TD
* Tackles: Jack Flor, 8
* Sacks: Santo Cappola, 1
* Interceptions: Jacob Stafford, 1

BIG TEN SCHEDULE (with predictions)

Friday, Sept. 15
South Florida 47, Illinois 23

Saturday, Sept. 9
Air Force at Michigan, noon (BTN)
Florida International at Indiana, canceled
Northern Illinois at Nebraska, noon (FS1)
Wisconsin at BYU, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Middle Tennessee State at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. (BTN)
North Iowa at Iowa, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Morgan State at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. (BTN)
Purdue at Missouri, 4 p.m. (SEC Network)
Army at Ohio State, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
Georgia State at Penn State, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Bowling Green at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

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