Halftime Analysis of No. 21 Michigan vs Western Michigan

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Halftime Analysis of No. 21 Michigan vs Western Michigan

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Halftime Analysis of No. 21 Michigan vs Western Michigan

Michigan was having many eyes on them this week after starting off the season with a loss to Notre Dame. People were pushing the panic button and jumping off the ship.

If you left the ship, welcome back.

Michigan has dominated this first half so far against Western Michigan. The biggest questions coming in were how would the offensive line do, how will the run game rebound, is Patterson still the real deal and is the Michigan defense back to being a top 10 defense after a good second half against Notre Dame?

A good amount of those questions have been answered in the first half alone. Michigan is up 35-0 if that tells you how this game is playing out.

Positives:

  • Karan Higdon is having himself a day (on his birthday of all days) as he has 13 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown. Chris Evans is also running the football well with three carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Michigan’s offensive line has done very well with the run blocking today, hence the three rushing touchdowns. Protecting Patterson has been successful as well, but not many times has he had time in the pocket to face pressure. Has done many rollouts, but when in the pocket his jersey has stayed blue.
  • Michigan’s defense has been playing well. Holding Western to just under 100 yards of offense and wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge had 240 yards against Syracuse last week, today he has just one catch for 10 yards.

Negatives:

  • These are hard to find here, but the first I can think of is how Donovan Peoples-Jones continues to struggle returning punts. He fumbled a punt return but would fall on it and recover it. Can’t be doing that in big games and possibly give the ball right back to the opposing offense.
  • Penalties are still a problem, but smaller this week. Michigan has four of them for 35 yards. These penalties haven’t been costly yet, but Michigan can’t keep making mistakes like this.
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