No. 7 Michigan unveils new offense against Middle Tennessee

              FILE - In this July 19, 2019, file photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh responds to a question during the Big Ten Conference NCAA college football media days in Chicago. The strength of Michigan's schedule is its balance. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Middle Tennessee (8-6 last season) at No. 7 Michigan (10-3), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (BTN)

Line: Michigan by 34 1/2.

Series record: First meeting.


Michigan has high hopes and many have hyped up expectations for coach Jim Harbaugh’s fifth team and it can’t afford to get stunned in the season-opening game. Middle Tennessee has nothing to lose in a game no one outside its program gives the heavy underdogs a chance to win.


Michigan’s new offense against the Blue Raiders defense: A no-huddle, spread offense led by first-year coordinator Josh Gattis had to be tough to prepare for because no one has seen it. Middle Tennessee plays a 4-3 scheme that will be tested in part because the defense lost about half its starters from last season.


Middle Tennessee: WR Ty Lee. He leads active NCAA players with 213 career receptions. Lee will be catching passes from a new quarterback because Brent Stockstill exhausted his eligibility and is on Lane Kiffin’s coaching staff at Florida Atlantic.

Michigan: QB Shea Patterson. The senior seems to be perfectly suited for the new offense, which he said is a lot like what he directed in his first two years in college at Ole Miss. Patterson is expected to have a lot of run-pass options.


Michigan leads the nation with 953 all-time wins. … MTSU has won a league-high 16 Conference-USA games since 2016. … The Wolverines will face six teams ranked in the preseason poll. … MTSU coach Rick Stockstill is in his 14th season at the school based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. … Michigan is one of 14 programs at the highest level of college football to have won at least 10 games three times over the previous four years.