Editor’s note: Counting down to Michigan football’s season opener, Land of 10 is taking a look at the Wolverines’ 2017 opponents.
Michigan vs. Cincinnati
- When: Saturday, Sept. 9
- Kickoff time: Noon ET
- Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- TV: ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
- Last meeting: First meeting between the two teams
Cincinnati at a glance
- Coach: Luke Fickell (first season)
- 2016 record: 4-8
Cincinnati players to watch
Hayden Moore | QB
Moore threw for 1,744 yards and 11 touchdowns and had 7 interceptions in seven games in 2016. He’ll compete with redshirt sophomore Ross Trail for the starting quarterback job.
Quarterback will be a key position for the Bearcats with the departure of Gunner Kiel, and a passing offense that had little consistency last season. While the Bearcats averaged 255.9 yards a game passing, they peaked at 348 yards at midseason against East Carolina, but plummeted to 119 yards a week later and then 144 yards in the second-to-last week of the season against Memphis before finishing the regular season with 400 passing yards against Tulsa.
Cortez Broughton | DT
Where Cincinnati’s offense was erratic, its defense was mostly consistent, particularly its run defense. Broughton, a 6-foot-2, 282-pound redshirt junior, will factor heavily into Cincinnati’s defense, which allowed 422.8 yards a game and 189.6 rushing yards a game in 2016.
Broughton had 42 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and 5 tackles for loss, and was a second-team all-American Athletic Conference (AAC) selection.
At first glance, this is another iteration of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. Fickell is in his first year as coach of the Bearcats, after 15 seasons at Ohio State, most recently as its defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. But for Michigan, this is a game that should allow its younger players to gain more reps against a non-Power 5 opponent. Cincinnati lost seven of its final eight games in 2016. Yet while the Bearcats aren’t an SEC opponent, they won’t necessarily continue to be a pushover under Fickell.
Michigan 35, Cincinnati 16