It’s the run game. De’Veon Smith rushed for 125 yards and one touchdown in 16 attempts.
Its already happened this season: Maryland beat South Florida after its loss to Bowling Green. “We are ready to prove everybody wrong and just get better, game by game”.
This will be the first time the Wolverines open against Maryland. What I will say though is that this transition has been smoother than I anticipated.
Opening as a 12 point underdog, after West Virginia was favored 17 points, Maryland will have their work cut out for them even if it is a home game. I think these teams are equal on a neutral field, and the visitors have won six of the last eight in the series. “We’ve been working on focus and readiness, and they seem to be prepared for anything now”.
“The weather experts are still dealing with uncertain probabilities for the course of Hurricane Joaquin”, Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett said Thursday in a statement. There would certainly be more questions-and unlike this week, the coach will be expected to have actual answers. Michigan has thrived in limiting kickoff returns, ranking eighth nationally, and is average on punt coverage, but this is a different situation than the Wolverines have seen before. Player Who Matters So what is working for Maryland?
End Chris Wormley (whose listed as a tackle) has been a monster on Michigan’s defensive line. Linebacker Joe Bolden is Michigan’s leading tackler from the inside spot. Maryland is the ideal team for Michigan right now. The conference schedule kicks off in earnest this weekend, highlighted by Ohio State at Indiana in a battle of unbeatens. He has really elevated his game as a cover corner and has proven he can hang with the No. 1 target by himself. The Illinois offense was out of sync for the second straight week, Wes Lunt and his receivers not on the same page as a lot of passes were dropped and Lunt threw for a nothing-special 238 yards. Offensively, the Wolverines are establishing themselves as a team that will grind out long drives and if they play turnover free, like they did last week, Michigan will be a hard team to beat. Strong defense has now propelled the University of Michigan into the #22 ranked team in the country after many thought it would take more time for the former 49ers head coach to turn around the program.