The Army Black Knights come to Ann Arbor for the first time since 1962 for the 10th matchup in their history.
Total Yards Offense: 453 (30th)
Total Yards Defense: 301 (25th)
Points for: 40
Points against: 21
Total Yards Offense: 284 (70th)
Total Yards Defense: 243 (14th)
Points for: 14
Points against: 7
The Black Knights gave playoff-bound Oklahoma almost all they could handle last season in a near upset. It’s tough to say they lived up to that performance in the season opener against Rice. Led by Senior QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr, the Knights went run-heavy over the weekend. Hopkins threw for just 53 yards, completing just three of eight passes. On the ground, Army tuned up 231 yards. Running the famous triple-option along with their aggressive blocking style can give more traditional defenses fits. Army must perform better through the air to spread opposing defenses.
Not quite the blowout Michigan may have hope for, as they took down MTSU 40-21. The game was never really close after the first quarter, however. QB Shea Patterson threw for 203 yards, even with receivers dropping some easy passes. The Wolverines looked sloppy, and experimental at times, but we’ve been expecting that. Mistakes were aplenty yet Michigan kept the ball moving. We will refrain from panicking as these are the types of issues that can be resolved with practice.
Defensively Michigan was not as dominant as we are used to. A couple poor arm tackles and not as much QB pressure allowed MTSU to be in the game more than they should have. Michigan was without starters Michael Dwumfour and Donovan Jeter, who could change the dynamic of the defensive line.
Michigan’s mistake-ridden performance in its opener is easy to overreact to. However, this team has game film now and knows what it needs to work on. Army is going to play tough, and the triple option gives Don Brown fits. The Black Knights will probably find some success against Michigan on the ground, but ultimately won’t be able to throw well enough to find points. I think Michigan tightens up here, and irons out quite a few of the kinks.
Michigan 49 Army 20