Michigan Football: 5 things you need to know about Rutgers

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Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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No.2 Rutgers is stout defensively

Michigan football is 3-0 largely due to its ability to run the football. So far this season, the Wolverines lead the nation in rushing yards and Blake Corum has three straight 100-yard games.

The offensive line has been outstanding and whether it was Washington, Northern Illinois, or Western Michigan, there were open holes.

There should be against Rutgers too but the Scarlet Knights have a stingy defense, which is ninth in the nation in scoring defense. Beyond that, Rutgers is allowing just 3.5 yards per carry and you can bet that the Scarlet Knights will stack the box on Saturday.

No. 3 Efficient QB play

A solid game manager might be the way that some fans describe Cade McNamara, who has thrown four touchdowns and zero interceptions in three games.

Rutgers was looking for that in Noah Vedral and through three games, he has delivered for the Scarlet Knights, completing 70 percent of his passes, throwing four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He’s also averaging 8.4 yards per pass.

Rutgers can’t afford turnovers on Saturday and the Wolverines have only forced a couple with one against Washington and one last week.

Vedral isn’t a superstar but he’s been solid this season and he’s been a key part of the Scarlet Knights’ 3-0 start.