Following their third Top-15 finish in the last four years, No. 7 Michigan open the 2019 season against Middle Tennessee on Saturday at The Big House.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. If you don’t have cable or don’t have BTN, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Big Ten Network is one of the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports. And in case the game gets moved to one of the Big Ten Network alternate channels, those are also included with FuboTV.
You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Michigan vs MTSU on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
Hulu With Live TV comes with Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies and 60-plus live TV channels, including Big Ten Network and every other channel (ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, Fox Sports 1, ABC) that will have a Michigan game this season.
You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Michigan vs MTSU on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
YouTube TV comes with 70-plus live TV channels, including Big Ten Network.
You can sign up for YouTube TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Michigan vs MTSU on your computer via the YouTube website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or other compatible streaming device via the YouTube app.
If you can’t watch live, YouTube TV comes with included DVR.
Middle Tennessee vs Michigan Preview
Despite dominating Conference USA play to the tune of a 7-1 record, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders finished the 2018 season just two games above .500 (8-6). Dominated by Appalachian State in their bowl appearance and faced with the departure of star quarterback Brent Stockstill. Stockstill – son of head coach Rick – put together one of the most prolific statistical careers in college football history and served as the catalyst for an extremely effective passing attack. While they return plenty of support, it should take some time to break in a new signal-caller and expecting results against one of the nation’s #7 ranked team might be asking a bit too much.
The Blue Raiders were pillaged on the defensive side of the football too and need to replace a number of key contributors from a very respectable defensive unit. While they should be able to do so without going belly up, a bit of regression is to be expected from the Blue Raiders this season. While they have some excellent contributors returning, there are simply too many holes to patch to expect an improvement over last season.
For Michigan, the offense comes into 2019 with an entirely new look. Gone is the patented Harbaugh power rushing attack, instead replaced by a modernized up-tempo attack. Despite having to learn an entirely new playbook, Michigan returns a number of key pieces including quarterback Shae Patterson and wideouts Nico Collins & Donovan People-Jones, both of whom had excellent seasons last year. Chris Evans’ suspension certainly hurts the running back corps, though Michigan’s decision to pivot away from a traditional power-run scheme should help some of the younger players get easier looks for chunks of yardage as opposed to slamming the ball between the tackles.
Michigan has some turnover across the board on defense and will be trying to find their footing after losing some legitimate NFL talent from last year’s squad. While the talent is there, the experience factor could be a problem and a number of freshmen are expected to see some playing time this season. While that should bode well for Michigan’s prospects in the coming years, the defense could be a weak point this year – especially in the early going.
Despite Michigan’s question marks on defense, MTSU doesn’t have the size or speed to hang with Michigan’s deep and talented roster. Expect Michigan to show off its shiny new offense as they gouge a simply undermanned Middle Tennessee squad.
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