Michigan is fortunate that the defense is elite and that Bowling Green wasn’t able to take advantage of the Wolverines’ four turnovers.
Things could have gotten really worrisome and if Michigan makes the same mistakes against Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights are more than capable of pulling the upset.
The running game was held under 200 yards again and maybe the biggest issue was the fact that Michigan only ran 43 plays. I don’t see McCarthy having another game like that anytime soon, but I’m worried that his confidence is shaken a little.
McCarthy was so smooth during the first two games it was startling to see some of his misses. The throw that worries me the most was the miss to Tyler Morris. Morris was wide open for a touchdown and McCarthy missed him as he missed some deep balls last season.
The offensive line also wasn’t spectacular. Myles Hinton struggled at times, which led to LaDarius Henderson getting an extended look at left tackle, with Karsen Barnhart on the right.
That always seemed like the best top five to me. We’ll see if the competition continues but I don’t know that the offensive line is settled as the coaches said last week.
Still, Corum and Edwards got 21 carries for 151 yards which equates to 7.1 yards per attempt. So it wasn’t all bad for Michigan football. The Wolverines averaged 7.2 yards per play — they just need to make sure they protect the ball well enough to get more plays against Rutgers.