Yes, Michigan can be great behind controlled Wilton Speight

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With a big stage, both teams wanted to get off to a hot start.

MI converted a field goal to come within 17-13.

MI largely won in spite of Speight, as he completed 11 of 25 passes for 181 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns by Florida in the second quarter on back-to-back drives.

No clear starter has emerged at quarterback for Florida and McElwain admitted that he may use three different options against the Wolverines, as he looks for someone to step up and jumpstart an offense that ranked 107th in FBS in points per game (23.9) last season. His long balls to freshman Tarik Black for a 46-yard touchdown and to sophomore Nick Eubanks for 48 yards inside the 10 were money. The rest of Speight's day was mediocre. MI has won all three meetings with Florida, including a resounding 41-7 victory in the 2016 Citrus Bowl, but the Gators hope to fly the flag for the SEC and extend their impressive winning streak in season openers to 28 in a row.

Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight threw a unsafe, high pass over the middle that his receiver just couldn't haul in.

MI defensive backs were credited with four pass break-ups, and they were nearly always in position. They held No. 17 Florida to 154 total yards (only 11 on the ground) and kept the Gators offense from scoring after an opening-drive field goal.

That was the difference in the Big Ten East. Whatever adjustments were made at halftime worked.

Here's a game-by-game look at the Wolverines' 2017 schedule with predictions for each contest.

That's good news, but MI missed chances to blow the game open.

There's no doubt this team is good enough to win the Big Ten championship.

Some lingering questions from preseason camp will soon be answered. Yes, they are that good.

Ever since Jim Harbaugh took over as the team's head coach in 2015, Michigan's expectations have been sky high.

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