Alabama will manhandle Michigan

In his debut article, Phil Steele makes five bold predictions for the weekend

Updated: August 30, 2012, 12:36 PM ET
By Phil Steele | Special to ESPN Insider

Editor's Note: Every week on Insider during the season, college football expert Phil Steele will be giving his five bold predictions heading into the weekend.

1. Alabama-Michigan will be a serious mismatch at the line of scrimmage
The only meeting of top-10 teams this week takes place in Arlington, Texas, as the defending Sugar Bowl champions, the Michigan Wolverines, take on defending BCS national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide. While you might think that a matchup between two tradition-rich programs coming off of great seasons would be pretty even, that isn't the case here, as Alabama has clear advantages on both sides of the line of scrimmage.