Michigan football will take on Rutgers in the Big Ten opener and here are three keys to a victory for the Wolverines on Saturday.
You can feel the excitement surrounding the Michigan football program this week as the Wolverines get their head coach, Jim Harbaugh back this week.
It’s also the return of Big Ten play. Michigan football opened the season with three cupcakes (not to be mean) but the first real test comes on Saturday against Rutgers.
Rutgers is 3-0 for a reason and the Scarlet Knights are playing good football. They lead the Big Ten in rushing yards. Their defense is also allowing just 10.5 points per game.
Greg Schiano will have his team ready for the game on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights have played three difficult games against Michigan over the past three years. Rutgers has actually led the game at the half in two of the past three seasons.
The Wolverines can’t afford to take this matchup lightly and here are three keys for a Michigan football win against Rutgers.
Stuff the run
Michigan hasn’t allowed an opponent to rush for 100 yards this season. The Wolverines allow just 2.6 yards per attempt, but Rutgers has rushed for 210 yards per game, which leads the Big Ten.
So it will be one of the best-run defenses in the league, against one of the best-run offenses. Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt is another threat and has rushed for 150 yards.
Kyle Monangai has rushed for 357 yards in three games and if the Wolverines allow him to reach 100 yards, things could get worrisome on Saturday.