Michigan Seems Confident: On to the Backyard Brawl

Michigan seems confident as of late. They rolled past Maryland with ease. The Wolverines have a bye week before taking on their in-state rival.

Michigan Seems Confident

Starting out with a bang!

Michigan wasted no time getting started against Maryland. Literally. True Freshman receiver Giles Jackson housed the opening kickoff for the first score of the day. After the defense forced a three and out, Michigan scored again on good field position. They stalled for While after that it seemed. Michigan didn’t find the endzone again for over 20 minutes. This sounds a bit more alarming than it really was. The Terps took up fifteen minutes of clock on two drives in that time, which kept Patterson and company off the field.

Defense stands tall

Maryland dominated the game clock for much of the first half but had nothing to show for it. For the second week in a row, Michigan allowed a team to march well into their own territory, before snuffing multiple drives with no points. One Maryland drive was cut short by Senior defensive lineman Mike Danna. Danna ran over Terps QB Josh Jackson like a freight train, who threw as he was hit. The pass was nowhere near its target was intercepted by Josh Metellus. The defense shut out Maryland who’s lone score came on special teams. Their own 97-yard kick return late in the game put them on the board to avoid a shutout.

Michigan Seems Confident: Bring on the Spartans

Harbaugh’s crew enters the bye week with one thing on their mind. Burying MSU. The in-state rival currently sits at 4-4 and will play Illinois this Saturday.

The Spartans haven’t looked very strong this season. Against ranked opponents, they have averaged less than six points per game. MSU always plays their best against the Wolverines, so anything is possible, but not necessarily probable. Michigan has been picking up steam since the Penn State contest, and now seems confident for what lies ahead. Whatever the Spartans bring to Ann Arbor this year, the Wolverines will be ready.

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Author: Shawn Sudz

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