3 takeaways from Michigan Football’s annihilation of Northern Illinois

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In an unbalanced mismatch, Michigan football mutilated Northern Illinois to keep the vibes flowing in Ann Arbor.

From the second that toe met leather Michigan football humbled Northern Illinois in an absolute slaughter. The Wolverines completely dominated every facet on the afternoon. They ran the ball however they pleased, were an unflappable brick wall on defense, and even proved to the doubters that they were more than capable at passing the ball whenever they wanted.

It felt like an NFL team was playing pee-wee football for most of the day.

The Huskies had one drive that amounted to points and never sniffed the end zone until the fourth period. Michigan’s offense found wide lanes to run through on what seemed like every down, while the defense consistently lived in the backfield when they were on the turf.

Rocky Lombardi was a sieve of himself, compared to what he lucked into a year ago in the Big House. He barely surpassed last week’s effort from Cade McNamara of 44 yards by the skin of his teeth in the loss.

Gemon Green got some payback on him with an interception that he nearly housed. The defense was neither unapologetic nor unforgiving in remembrance to Lombardi’s last appearance in 2020.

The offense toyed with Niu’s defense by racking up a head-turning 600 yards of offense. The maize and blue averaged 8 yards a crack on the ground, but that stat was skewed as it appeared to have been more by a wide margin. Most importantly though, the offense took care of the football by not turning it over for the third straight victory.

Here are three takeaways.