Michigan football has been one of the best defensive teams in the country in the past few years and heading into 2019, here are five bold predictions.
Last season, Michigan football was the top-ranked defense in the country for the most of the season, until the bottom fell out during the last two games against Florida and Ohio State.
Looking back, the 2018 defense was one of the most talented units the Wolverines have had in the 20 years since winning the national championship in 1997, however, it was also a group that ultimately underachieved.
When the Big Ten championship was on the line, Ohio State went off for 62 points and a ton of yards. The Wolverines offered little resistance and barely affected Dwayne Haskins as he lit them up on Urban Meyer’s final victory over Michigan.
It was the low point of Harbaugh’s tenure and I don’t think there is any doubt about it. Michigan football fans went into that game expecting to win. One thing people didn’t expect was for the defense to utterly collapse.
As bad as it was, what’s worse is that guys like Devin Bush, Chase Winovich, Rashan Gary and David Long have all moved on. So now on top of making adjustments, the defense needs to find replacements too.
There are a lot of moving parts with the Wolverines defense but here’s my take on what will happen next season with five bold predictions for the 2019 defense.