The Michigan football season starts on Saturday and here are three keys for the Wolverines against East Carolina in the season opener.
Michigan football is hosting East Carolina for its season-opening game on Saturday. It’s going to be a Maize out and will be the start of one of the most anticipated seasons in Wolverines history.
Not only is Michigan aiming for a third straight Big Ten championship, as well as another berth in the College Football Playoff, but some pundits see the opportunity for the Wolverines to win the national title.
The hype train has been going all offseason for this Wolverines squad, but it feels like a special team, and here are three keys for Michigan against East Carolina on Saturday.
Pound the rock
Michigan football won’t have its head coach Jim Harbaugh, or offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore due to suspensions. Jesse Minter will be the interim head coach, while quarterbacks coach Kirk Campbell will be calling the plays.
Some have speculated that this could lead to more passing, especially against an East Carolina defense that allowed 291 yards per game last season.
The Pirates only allowed 112 yards per game on the ground, as well as 3.4 yards per attempt. Yet, ECU graduated some key players from that defense and they also haven’t seen an offensive line or a pair of running backs like Michigan’s.
So the Wolveines shouldn’t get cute. Ground and pound ECU to death with Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards, and an offensive line that might be the best in college football again.
In other words, don’t get too cute.