Michigan Football: 3 overreactions from Northwestern win

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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These are the three most absurd overreactions from Michigan football’s win Saturday over Northwestern in Ann Arbor.

Michigan football handled its business like it was supposed to against an inferior Northwestern bunch. The first half was a little rusty returning from a bye, but the Wolverines regrouped at the break to put the foot on the pedal and open up the floodgates for a comfortable win before one of the most anticipated games on the calendar awaits them next week.

1. Cade McNamara needs to be benched immediately

This is an overreaction that keeps creeping up every week that Michigan football plays because they have a good quarterback problem.

McNamara did his normal job in the win. He didn’t turn it over and didn’t have to do much because his running backs carried the load for the offense on the day. When the rushing attack is humming as it did, then McNamara becomes almost irrelevant until he’s asked to do something the unit needs to be done.

J.J. McCarthy saw extended time and officially burned his redshirt in the victory. That was something that was bound to happen because he is just too talented to waste by riding the pine.

Jim Harbaugh let him do a little more than we’ve seen in previous contests and that definitely made spectators look twice at what they were witnessing.

McCarthy had two long runs that displayed his speed, which is a sizable difference between the two signal-callers. He also connected on a fourth-down conversion that was called back because of a blindside block by Chuck Filiaga that made folks watching have their eyeballs nearly pop out of their heads.