2. Playing J.J. McCarthy in the 4th quarter was reckless
It looked like the plan was to let McCarthy get his feet wet late in this one. He did sustain some nasty hits, but it didn’t seem to bother him. At this point in the schedule, everyone is not 100%, but even a 75% McCarthy is better than most quarterbacks in the country. That makes this an overreaction. Michigan football will proceed with caution knowing what he means to this program.
McCarthy racked up a season-high in yards and surpassed the 2,000-yard mark on the season. Unfortunately, it was a season-low for rushing yards and his Heisman chances remain steady. He can probably win the award with a memorable performance against Penn State and Ohio State, as long as other things drop his way too.
Roman Wilson benefited the most from McCarthy on Saturday night. He had a career day, but no touchdowns. Wilson had more yards receiving than Michigan football did rushing. That rarely ever happens. McCarthy will now faceoff with two of the top three defenses, in scoring, over the next three games.