EMU is 2-0 for the first time in 2 decades, Michigan is coming off of their 4th quarter, stirring comeback against Notre Dame, leaving one to believe a Michigan letdown could be disastrous. EMU has averaged 300+ ypg on the ground and Michigan’s defense has not proven, outside of 3rd and 1, to be able to stop much when it comes to the running game.
Scared at all? Visions of App State or Toledo? Don’t be, this will be Michigan’s easiest game of the season.
Sure Ron English has done an incredible job of laying the groundwork of success for a program in the cellar of the MAC for literally the better part of 2+ decades. Couple that with their two wins coming from the FCS (previously called 1-AA) and there isn’t much to be concerned with.
What I want to see is a tailback or two establish themselves as a potential go-to guy. It would be good to see true Freshman Thomas Rawls, a back that showed promise in the fall, prior to a shoulder injury. Less than 10 yards rushing out of people not named Denard last week does not bode well for the Big Ten slate. Granted ND’s front 7 is much better than I thought, but Michigan’s offensive line needs to grasp Coach Funk’s new blocking schemes and techniques much better. They’re a tough and experienced group.
On the defensive side of the ball, we’re still waiting for the defensive line to start getting consistent pressure without the need of added blitzes.
All in all, Michigan just simply needs to get out to a quick start and build off of last weeks 4th quarter heroics. A slow start, keeping EMU in the game for a quarter or half, would hinder the opportunity to get Devin Gardner and many others some much needed reps, and depth building at most positions. This is something that is a necessity as the Big 10 season quickly approaches.
Barring something horrific (won’t jinx anything) Michigan should handle EMU 44-15. While the potential is there for Michigan to score 60, I don’t see Coach Hoke running it up on Coach English, ala former Coach, and habitual liar, Jim of TOSU did last year.
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