Michigan Football: Minnesota at Michigan — Preview — What May Happen

GBMWolverine What May HappenPosted at 5:30am — 10/4/2013

Michigan Football: Minnesota at Michigan — Preview — What May Happen

Minnesota and Michigan Preview

What May Happen

What may happen Saturday has been described previously as a box of chocolates, with changes and down time, and some bad play. But it is clear what Michigan’s offense wants to do.

Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Connecticut Huskies in the fourth quarter at Rentschler Field. Michigan Wolverines defeated the Connecticut Huskies 24-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Connecticut Huskies in the fourth quarter at Rentschler Field. Michigan Wolverines defeated the Connecticut Huskies 24-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

With two new starters on the offensive interior, the staff will want to simplify the game plan and match it against Minnesota’s perceived weaknesses. This means running a power game that probably has simplified blocking and a minimum of finesse. The stretch play and the jet sweep may occur once or twice for honesty’s sake, but don’t bank on bunches of wow effect plays. This plan will be very basic.

Running the ball would help keep the line from pass pro excessively.

When Michigan passes, Gardner may sprint outside and forsake some of the play action that has been ignored by opponents. Of course this cuts down his targets and the real estate for passing. It probably causes the defense to focus on one or two receivers.

Receivers will be open and Michigan may choose to throw quick shotgun passes to use all of the horizontal possibilities available.

Both teams will want to break quarterback planned runs and scrambles. Therefore, both defenses need to plan seriously for the broken play or planned take-off.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

This is a game that more than likely will be settled by line play on both sides and turnovers. Run the ball and control the game to set up the nice passing opportunity: that will be the mantra.

The Michigan defense will not reinvent itself, unless Coach Mattison feels comfortable enough to sneak the safeties in a few yards. We will see. The most important thing for the defense may be to rattle the Minnesota quarterback early. The team needs some pressure as both quarterbacks have good skills and the receivers can be described as competent.

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