Jim Harbaugh of Michigan literally sings the praise of defense co-ordinator Don Brown, recapitulates the 42-7 win over Penthas, November 3, 2018.
Nick Baumardner, Freep
Looking back at what happened Michigan footballto win 42-7 from Penn State, and a look ahead to Saturday's Rutgers game:
What did we learn against Penn State
Aggressive line up
With all due respect to Shea Patterson and defense, the aggressive transformation of Michigan's line was the story of the time. This team went from one of the worst units a year ago to one of the best in the Big Ten to nine weeks this year. The U-M hit the ball against the State of Michigan, a defense of the hurry, two weeks ago. He was defeated on Friday night by Pessa, who took note of Saturday's rush and ran for 259 meters. There are not many more questions that need to be answered. This is a legit equipment and a force of this football team at the moment.
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Michigan's defense continued its dominant stretch against Penn State on Saturday, holding the Nittany Lions at the lowest total yardage since the first game of the 2015 season. UM's defense noted two more misconceptions, including one returning to score. Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders did nothing against this group. Rashan Gary is healthy. Josh Uche had two more bags. Everything is trending for the Don Brown unit as the latest three-game approach.
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Retired General Dylan McCaffrey suffered a broken cage late in the win, according to Jim Harbaugh. Besides, Michigan is as healthy as it may be. Gary returned from a shoulder injury. Tarik Black played a handful of premiums and looked plentiful healthy on a hook that touched the plate that got the call back. Aubrey Solomon soon left the game but left the tunnel for the second half. Everyone goes through bumps and bruises this time of year. But overall, U-M could not ask for better health in play 10.
Next up: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Match: No. 4 Michigan (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) at Rutgers (1-8, 0-6).
Kickoff: 3:30 pm, Saturday, HighPoint.com Stadium; Piscataway, N.J.
Television / radio: Big Ten Network; WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).
Line: Wolverins at 36 1/2.
Meet the enemy
Rutgers is the worst team of Big Ten and is not really close. The Scarlet Knights made better performance than the pioneer champion Artur Sitkowski on a road loss against Wisconsin this week as he went 20 out of 39 for 261 meters and a touchdown. But for the time, he has thrown three touchdowns against 15 spies. The Knights are rushing for just 106 yards per match against the groups of ten big ones. On defensive level, they gave 429.2 meters per game in the championship. This team is not as bad as the team that lost 78-0 the last time U-M went to Rutgers. But it's not that good.
Three things to watch out for
Earth and pound
Michigan's game is rushing to improve, and Rutgers's defense is loud. The Knights relinquish 234.3 yards per match on the pitch, having given more than 300 in the previous week against Wisconsin. Of course, Rutgers was unable to compete with most of the Big Ten teams this season. Wolverine, in the meantime, pushed around every group they faced on the ground – at one point or the other. Karan Higdon's 1,000-egg search should be done this week.
Rutgers' offense is horrible. Over time, the Knights have four touchdowns against 17 spies. The defense of the U-M passes is the best in the nation from a fairly long margin. There could be opportunities for major projects in the secondary. And while Rutgers tried to get the ball as fast as possible this season, the hurry passing could be effective again on Saturday in New Jersey.
Dylan McCaffrey's regular period ends after a broken ribbon. Michigan could not afford an injury to Shea Patterson before this game, but that can no longer stay with three to play. It will be interesting to see if Michigan can get this game under control and get repetitions both for Brandon Peters and Joe Milton in New Jersey.
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