5 Takeaways From Michigan's Win Over Wisconsin

5 Takeaways From Michigan's Win Over Wisconsin

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5 Takeaways From Michigan's Win Over Wisconsin

What a big victory for the Michigan Wolverines. Coming into tonight, many figured this game would be close and while it seemed that way at halftime only being a 13-7 game, Michigan hit the gas pedal and never looked back, winning the game 38-13.

The first half left some questions to how this team would fair, and the second half had all the answers that were needed. Michigan goes up against Michigan State next week, but for now, we look at the win tonight against Wisconsin and the five takeaways from this big win.

1. PENALTIES HAve been contained.

Last week the Wolverines got six flags called on them, this week Michigan only had one and it was after the Lavert Hill pick six where it was for unsportsmanlike conduct. This is how the Wolverines can dominate games like they did tonight, by not hurting themselves and playing big.

Wisconsin did more of that tonight and Michigan took advantage of it as one drive was kept alive on a third down holding call and a fourth down roughing the snapper call, Michigan would score on that drive.

2. Ed Warinner Has Been Harbaugh’s best hire since Don Brown

The weakest part of the offense coming into the 2018 season was the offensive line. They didn’t look improved after their week one loss to Notre Dame, but since then they don’t look like that offensive line. This offensive line is different and better.

Jim Harbaugh can thank his new offensive line coach Ed Warinner for that as he has turned this unit around. Quarterback Shea Patterson has plenty of time in the pocket to throw and running lanes are opening up for the running backs. This is what Harbaugh’s offense can do with a good offensive line and it’s scary if they can take that next step to be great.

3. Michigan has Depth at quarterback

While Patterson was the star of the show on offense, his backups did well when they hit the field too. Backup Dylan McCaffrey never threw a pass but had one carry for 44-yards and a touchdown. Joe Milton made his Wolverine debut and while again, not throwing the ball, he could also run, finishing with two carries for 22 yards.

Milton coming in before Peters isn’t a good sign for Peters as it looks like he went from backup to the fourth-string spot. Sure McCaffrey and Milton never threw, but we have seen McCaffrey play and Milton has a cannon of an arm as people have seen in practice and warm-ups. Michigan has a bright future behind Patterson.

4. No Gary, No Problem

Defensive end Rashan Gary missed tonight’s game against Wisconsin and suddenly there was a panic that Wisconsin would have their way with the Wolverines front seven. It looked like it in the first half as Jonathan Taylor had 11 carries for 79 yards, but the second half happened and Taylor disappeared.

He would finish with 17 carries for 101 yards and the Wolverines were happy about that and the returning players that made it happen. Michael Dwumfour and Carlo Kemp left last week’s game early due to injuries, Dwumfor on a cart, and both returned this week. Aubrey Solomon returned for the first time since playing against Notre Dame and while none recorded any stats, their presence alone was big.

5. Michigan Won In a Big Time game

Michigan is still 0-17 on the road since 2006 yes, we know, but winning at home in primetime against a top 15 team is still impressive and positive for this team. Michigan needed a big win, and they have three tough tests in a row, to put them in the conversation for the Big Ten title and possibly the national title.

While they still have five games left, two (could be three depending on the new AP poll tomorrow) top  25 teams and that won’t be easy. But winning this game can build confidence and show this team that they can win those big games and once you have that confidence, anything is possible.

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