Michigan Football: 5 biggest storylines heading into Wisconsin

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Is the rushing defense good enough?

If there is one thing that Rutgers did well other than stop the run on defense, it is run the ball on offense. Rutgers outgained the Wolverines196-112 on the ground Saturday, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

That is very concerning considering the Scarlet Knights averaged 4.3, 1.2, and 4.3 yards per carry against Temple, Syracuse, and Delaware, respectively, to begin the season.

One reason the Wolverines defense struggled this weekend was that they were on the field for nearly 33 minutes in this game as a result of the offense’s ineptitude.

That is understandable and maybe this is a bit of an overreaction as largely I believe it was merely a blip on the radar and Mike MacDonald will adjust to fix the issue.

Yet Wisconsin is a ground and pound, grind it out type of team, and while the Badgers have not had their typical success on the ground this year, they still have an experienced offensive line and talent in the backfield that Michigan must be aware of.

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The Wolverines have their work cut out for them this weekend in Madison, and answering the bell in all three phases is necessary for them to improve to 5-0 on the 2021 season.