Michigan Football: 3 Stats that defined Big Ten Championship win over Iowa

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3. One sack allowed, Offensive-Line finds its groove

Like I previously stated after the Ohio State victory, the unsung heroes of this team have been the offensive lineman. Cade McNamara has had so much time in the pocket, at times it’s astonishing.

Running-backs are only as good as their offensive line allows them to be, and that’s exactly what these men brought to the table for Haskins and Corum during this game as well as all season. Whether it’s downfield blocking or giving McNamara the extra second to make a play, they’ve done it all.

You’re looking at an offensive line unit that has the potential to all be 1st or 2nd round picks whenever they decide to declare for the NFL Draft. Michigan’s offensive unit clicks better when these guys are in sync.

They currently sit 3rd under the statistic “Sacks Allowed” in all of college football, only behind Air Force and Army who don’t exactly pass the ball too often.

This offensive line is as good as it’s going to get under Harbaugh, and we did not realize it earlier in the season but in retrospect, we can clearly tell that Harbaugh understood.

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That sack this Saturday marks only the 10th allowed sack this season. Georgia trails right behind the Wolverines with only 11 this season. If Michigan wants to play for a National Championship, it quite literally will mean they need to win the trenches on both sides of the ball.