Wolverines regain appetite against BYU

Sep 29, 2015 3:00 AM

According to National Geographic, wolverines are “opportunistic eaters” who (when it comes to feeding on predators) can tend to feed on “rabbits and rodents” but have been known to “attack animals many times their size” especially if “the prey appears to be weak or injured.”

The line in the BYU-Michigan matchup had opened at -6 with the total being set at 48, yet by game time on Saturday, the Westgate SuperBook had the total at 48.5 and Michigan favored by 7.

What followed was an onslaught against the then-No. 22 BYU Cougars who appeared somewhat frail throughout the duration of the game. Michigan’s De’Veon Smith, who suffered a minor injury to his right ankle in the slaughter, would later disclose to ESPN that it felt good to “finally beat a ranked team.”

As a species, Puma concolor (aka cougars) tend to ambush their prey at night, and according to National Geographic are thought to be nocturnal. When looking to score they tend to avoid detection “by moving with a whisper-soft tread mostly in the twilight and at night.”

Well, the BYU Cougars could not have been any more “whisper-soft” against the Wolverines. In fact, they were so silent that when it came to scores they avoided any detection at all. There were none. Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines silenced the Cougars by shutting them out 31-0 in what was BYU’s first scoreless game in 143 starts.

Prior to the game, I had chosen BYU over Michigan. That’s not because I thought BYU would win, but I did not expected the Wolverines to cover. Many of the professional handicappers I trust were on the right side of this game.

Marc Lawrence’s preseason warning that there now is a “stacked cupboard” at the “Big House,” as well as his suggestion that “it’s now Harbaugh time,” was just one of the many clues suggesting the Cougars were setting themselves up to be a tasty dish that ended up being served to the Wolverines on a silver platter.

Joe Lisi (@GoForthe2) had given the Wolverines out as his “best bet” during last Tuesday night’s broadcast on @SportSXRadio. In addition, just prior to the game, Joe commented on his own radio program that although these were two formidable defenses BYU had to be tired after a lengthy road trip.

Lisi also concurred with Marc that the Cougars face one of the toughest schedules this year and felt they would be worn out after their competitive matchups against Nebraska, Boise State, and UCLA.

Losing to Michigan has put the Cougars in a position where they head home to lick their wounds after suffering back-to-back losses. On deck is Connecticut, which has also suffered back-to-back losses. The matchup is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Perhaps the Cougars will fare better under the Friday night-lights, assuming they enter into this game hungry like the wolves.

Michelle has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University (2009) and was working toward a PhD in Public Policy Administration/Law when she took a detour via Vegas. She is now a freelance writer and has her own business, specializing in sports social media. Check out her blog at www.MondayMorningMichelle.com Email: [email protected].