Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Two

Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Two

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Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Two

Michigan found itself in the win column for the first time since 2017, in a romp over Western Michigan that looked like the Wolverines of old.

The maize and blue held WMU to its lowest offensive output in a calendar year, just one week after it put up 621 yards on ACC opponent Syracuse in Week One. As a result of that and Michigan’s second-half defensive stand against Notre Dame, the Wolverines are finding themselves in familiar territory in many metrics.

Let’s take a look at where the team stands in the national rankings across the board.

Offense

Michigan hasn’t exactly lit it up yardage-wise offensively, but the offense has shown modest-to-vast improvement on last season.

Here’s where Michigan ranks in the following metrics:

Total offense:

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91st, average of 379 yards-per-game.

Scoring offense:

61st, average of 33 points-per-game.

Passing offense:

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96th, average of 196 yards-per-game.

Shea Patterson is 31st in the country in completion percentage with 68.1% and 54th in the nation with a passer rating of 147.8. He is 63rd in yards-per-attempt with 7.5.

Rushing offense:

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65th (exact middle in college football), average of 183 yards-per-game.

Karan Higdon is 24th nationally with 114 yards-per-game, and Chris Evans is 62nd in yards-per-carry with 7.25.

Defense

The defense looked shaky to begin the season, allowing Notre Dame to score two touchdowns on the consecutive opening drives in Week One of 2018, and letting the Irish score 21 total in the first half — more than all but four teams scored all game in 2017.

But, after that start, the defense clamped down and has been stellar ever since.

Here’s where they rank:

Total defense:

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14th, average 255 yards-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 54th in third down conversion rate allowed, allowing teams to convert at 34.38 and is 58th on fourth downs, allowing 50% of conversion attempts.

Devin Bush is 66th with 1.5 sacks. Chase Winovich is 53rd with 3 tackles for loss.

Scoring defense:

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25th, average 13.5 points-per-game allowed.

Michigan is last at 92nd, allowing teams to score 100% of the time in the red zone.

Passing defense:

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12th, average 127.5 yards-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 14th nationally, allowing 9 passing plays over 10 yards.

Brandon Watson and Noah Furbush are 21st with one interception.

Rushing defense:

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49th, average 127.5 yards-per-game allowed (yes, the same as passing).

Michigan is 64th nationally, allowing 9 rushing plays of 10 yards or more.

Special Teams

Michigan’s special teams have been decent thus far through two games, with a kick return for a touchdown in Week One and no major mistakes — save for the fumbled snap on the field goal attempt against Notre Dame and a missed field goal attempt in Week Two.

Here’s where the team ranks in special teams:

Kickoffs:

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22nd, allowing 16 yards per opponent kickoff return.

Punting:

32nd, punting for an average of 37.3 yards.

Kick returns:

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6th, returning kicks an average of 37.75 yards.

Punt returns:

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Michigan does not register, as one of 8 teams without a veritable punt return through two weeks.

Field goals:

88th, with a completion rate of 50% (1 made, 1 missed).

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