Michigan football offense vs. Penn State defense Part I
This is another challenging one. Yes, Penn State held Ohio State to 20 points. But everyone has been holding Ohio State to fewer points than we’re accustomed to. Their offense is not what it was last year (plus Emeka Egbuka didn’t play against Penn State). Michigan football will be the best offense the Nittany Lions have seen.
The key here is going to be the Michigan running game. The Wolverines have struggled on the ground, averaging only 4.6 yards per carry against weak competition. However, that can be attributed, at least partially, to a number of factors.
First, it’s clear that the staff hasn’t been leaning on the running backs like they did last year. Michigan has been able to dominate its opponents without using its backs that much, which has prevented anyone from getting into much of a groove. It’s also possible that the backs are less motivated against inferior competition.
Second, and most importantly, has been the emergence of J.J. McCarthy. Against Purdue, Michigan threw the ball 37 times and ran the ball 30 times. McCarthy is the Wolverines’ best player, and because of that, the ball is in his hands more times than not. It’s crazy to say, but Michigan may be a passing team this year…