The running game
Honestly, I’m not too concerned about the running game at this point in the season. Defenses have loaded up to stop it and Michigan has been content to pass the ball because McCarthy is a superstar and has plenty of weapons.
Yet, Bowling Green doesn’t have a great run defense. ECU was at least a top-20 run defense from last season, so it made more sense.
UNLV surrendered more yards but didn’t allow an explosive run to Blake Corum or Donovan Edwards. Edwards still doesn’t have a 20-yard-plus run this season.
The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage more and it takes time for that group to gel, especially with two new starters and Karsen Barnhart playing at a new position.
But, Bowling Green has allowed 4.3 yards per attempt and 160 yards per game on the ground so far this season. Michigan is averaging 4.7 yards per attempt, which has been classified as “struggling.”
I won’t go that far. Yet, Donovan Edwards is only getting 2.6 yards per attempt and I’d love to see that number improve this Saturday night at the Big House.