Monday, November 12, 2018

Michigan Monday: The Upside, Injuries, and an Early Look at IU

The media likes to say, "Michigan is peaking at the right time".  Which is a pretty accurate assessment with the #1 defense and Shea Patterson playing well under center.   What's exciting about this team is that the defense is much closer to the ceiling then the offense.

The Rutgers game is an example of that.  Michigan didn't put anything new on tape and Shea had the best performance of his college career.   Michigan's #1 rusher had less then 50 yards but still scored 2 TD's.   What I have really enjoyed this season is Shea's accuracy and that he doesn't turn the ball over.   After the ND game, he has done a great job at protecting the ball.

We also have to "call out" the offense line, who for many years have been one of the main reasons Michigan has struggled on offense.  This unit has greatly improved and has taken leaps and bounds forward.   Michigan is finally playing that downhill style that Jimmy loves.

I believe this offense is still running at about 80% of its capabilities.   Here is why:

  • Michigan hasn't put too many RPO's on tape this season and we know that is all the rage in football.
  • Tarik Black has been back for two games but hasn't seen too many targets yet 
  • How about the slot position?  Grant Perry is losing snaps to Martin and Bell as that position is playing very well. 
  • Evans is now just starting to look like 2017 Evans
  • Gentry has 28 catches and could easily have 20 more
  • Screens!  Michigan could be killing it on RB screens but have only ran a few all year 
  • The read option pass! 
  • Having to game plan to cover guys like Black, DPJ, and Collins has to be a nightmare
Those are a few reasons, I believe Jimmy is keeping 20% of this offense in the vault for the trip to CBus and anything after that. 

Injuries:  Insiders are saying the following:

-Hill is in the concussion protocol and very questionable for Saturday
-Paye is expected back on Saturday 
-Metellus is expected back on Saturday 
-McCafferty had surgery and is out for the rest of the season

Early Look at Indiana Football:

Best win: Virginia  
Worst Lost: Minnesota 

They pass for 255 yards per game ranked 44th 
Rush for 155 ranked 82nd 
They score: 28 points per game ranked 78th
Defense gives up: 30 points which ranks 84th

To get bowl eligible IU needs a win over Michigan or Purdue.  So Purdue.  

A few thoughts from the weekend:

  • The MSU offensive performance on Saturday against a questionable OSU defense was pitiful.  It was clear they had the wrong QB in and didn't have a game plan.  

  • The new Louisville opening will be very interesting for Michigan for two reasons, 1 - that is Purdue's head coach Jeff Brohm's job to lose or turndown.  2- If Jeff does decide to go home, that could mean great things for Michigan and 5 star George Karlaftis.

1 comment:

Mike Tebbe said...

Karlaftis will flip to M if Brohm leaves.