Halftime Takeaways: No. 19 Michigan vs. Nebraska

Halftime Takeaways: No. 19 Michigan vs. Nebraska

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Halftime Takeaways: No. 19 Michigan vs. Nebraska

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Well, didn’t see this coming — at least, not like this.

In the predictions piece, I had Michigan winning 35-14, with it being a close game until the fourth quarter. Not so much, as the Wolverines lead 39-0 at the half.

Nebraska had the 20th-rated rushing defense going into this game. Not so much anymore.

Here’s what I’ve liked thus far in this game:

The line play

Both sides have been manhandling Nebraska up front. While it’s great to finally see the defensive line have a day, the offensive line’s ability to get push up front and open up holes against a Big Ten foe has been impressive. This is definitely the best half the offensive line has had thus far.

On the defensive line, obviously Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary have come up big — Rashan hasn’t been out there since seeming to be shaken up early in the second quarter. But Kwity Paye — who’s played both inside and outside — has looked good. Aidan Hutchinson obviously had the big play.

We’ll see what happens in the second half. It’s a good time to throw in some of the backups, given the score.

Metellus heard your safety talk

Josh Metellus has had a monster game thus far. Of course he had the interception, but everywhere my camera goes, Metellus seems to be in or near the play.

The closest thing to a blown coverage there could have been was a play where Kinnel chose to move up field instead of going for the pass (which was probably the right move) and on the very next play, Metellus had his INT.

The secondary hasn’t needed to do much, considering how much Nebraska wants to run, but when needed to step up, they have.

Give Ben Mason All your touchdowns

Ben Mason with three touchdowns is reminiscent of Khalid Hill in 2016. But Mason looks even more like a freight train, and you’re seeing some of that contact courage.

He’s also made some great blocks to spring Karan Higdon and Tru Wilson. Michigan has definitely found its new bruiser in those short situations, and there’s been no question that with his willingness to hit, it’s provided an extra ability to make a difference inside on those short (and maybe even not-so-short) yardage situations.

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