Michigan football played as well as it possibly could have against Michigan State and here are five things we learned about the Wolverines.
We were all wondering how Michigan football was going to respond to allegations of illegal in-person scouting this past week.
The answer came early against Michigan State. The Wolverines marched the ball right down the field for a touchdown. Then, J.J. McCarthy threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, while the defense barely allowed the Spartans offense to get a first down.
Michigan State finished with 182 yards total and most of those came after the Wolverines pulled their first-team defense. When the starters were in the game, Mike Sainristil had more interception return yards than Katin Houser had passing yards.
It was a total domination and here are five things we learned in the Michigan football win over Michigan State on Saturday.
J.J. McCarthy is college football MVP
After his four-touchdown performance, the Michigan football quarterback is now the betting favorite to win the Heisman Trophy according to FanDuel.
If McCarthy continues playing the way he has against Penn State and Ohio State while leading Michigan to another Big Ten title, the Heisman Trophy should be his.
Michael Penix Jr. has been outstanding, but McCarthy is the best quarterback in college football. In seven of eight games, McCarthy has been turnover-free. He’s also got 21 total touchdowns and is completing nearly 80 percent of his passes.
McCarthy has missed one pass on third down all season long. And all of his third-down completions have gone for first downs or touchdowns including a 6-for-6 effort on Saturday.
J.J. can’t play any better than he is right now and he’s barreling toward every Michigan football single-season passing record.
McCarthy is already fifth all-time in Michigan football history for career touchdown passes. He’s currently tied with Shea Patterson and is four away from Denard Robinson for fourth.