Michigan took care of Florida last week, 33-17, and now sets its sights on the Cincinnati Bearcats in the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at noon ET. Find all the information about the game time, the television schedule and how to watch online for the Michigan-Cincinnati game below.
The Wolverines (1-0) moved up to No. 8 in both the AP and Amway Coaches polls with the win against Florida. Cincinnati is also 1-0 after beating Austin Peay, 26-14, in its season opener. This is the first meeting between the two schools in football.
Michigan-Cincinnati game time, details
Time: Noon ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Weather: Mostly sunny, high 67 degrees, 10 percent chance of rain.
The line: Michigan -34.5
What TV channel is showing Michigan-Cincinnati?
The Michigan-Cincinnati game will be televised nationally on ABC.
How can I watch Michigan-Cincinnati online?
The Michigan-Cincinnati game can be watched online at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Michigan-Cincinnati on the radio?
While Michigan and Cincinnati never have met on the football field, the Wolverines and new Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell are well acquainted. The Bearcats have played just one game under Fickell but the Wolverines already have seen similarities between their opponent’s game against Austin Peay and what Fickell liked to do as an assistant coach at Ohio State. Fickell will have plenty of insights into how to attack the Wolverines and handle the atmosphere at Michigan Stadium.
Having a plan and executing it are two different things, however. The players Fickell had on defense at Ohio State aren’t the ones he has at Cincinnati. Just as Michigan is incorporating new starters into its lineup, so too is Cincinnati. The Bearcats had 18 players make their Division I college debut against Austin Peay, and more than two-thirds of their roster is made up of freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores. The upperclassmen are in key spots, including junior quarterback Hayden Moore, senior running back Mike Boone, and junior defensive tackles Marquise Copeland and Cortez Broughton.
The Michigan defense couldn’t have played much better against Florida, allowing just 192 yards, 9 first downs and 3 points in the 33-17 victory. The Wolverines produced 11 tackles for loss among eight players, including 6 sacks for minus-35 yards by five players. Florida managed just 11 yards net rushing. Boone had more than 100 yards for Cincinnati against Austin Peay but expect Moore to attack the secondary. Pick your poison with this defense because it will be tough to sustain drives on a consistent basis against the Wolverines with all the speed they possess at all three levels on defense.
Middle linebacker Devin Bush Jr. had a spectacular first start against Florida, totaling 7 tackles with 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. He epitomized the aggressive play of the entire Michigan defense. The big test this week for the unit is to bring that same intensity.
Offensively, coach Jim Harbaugh and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton want to see better accuracy from quarterback Wilton Speight. He’s got the mental and physical toughness for the job, but he had too many high throws against Florida. Two of his passes were intercepted and returned for touchdowns; one was off receiver Kekoa Crawford’s hands but the other was a bad throw on Speight’s part. He missed Crawford for what should have been a touchdown on a sideline pattern in the fourth quarter and overthrew a couple of other deep sideline passes, never giving receivers a chance at a catch.
Coaches like to say the biggest improvement for teams comes between Weeks 1 and 2. Let’s see if that’s the case today.