3. JJ Has Taken a Huge Step Forward
It’s not like Michigan football is struggling to score points or move the ball in any of these opening games and while the running game on the surface doesn’t look as sharp, the passing game has taken a massive step forward.
JJ McCarthy looks vastly improved from last season and is playing like one of the top QBs in the country.
The result is Michigan isn’t running the ball quite as stubbornly as they did at times last season simply because they know they can trust JJ.
Michigan is still running a lot, but the offense is much more balanced and focused on taking what the defense gives them. The result is the run game looks average when teams sell out to stop it.
While this Michigan team hasn’t looked like the same team they were last year, it’s because this offense has taken a step forward and become far more versatile.
This run game will get going and it is still going to be a focal point of Michigan’s identity. It’s just going to take a few games until we really start to see it.