Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Seven

Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Seven

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Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Seven

We can officially put to rest the notion that Michigan under Jim Harbaugh can’t win the big games.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Wolverines under Harbaugh has beaten a ranked Wisconsin team, but this is certainly the most convincing, with the maize and blue rolling, 38-13.

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

Offense

After dismantling Wisconsin, here’s where Michigan ranks in the following metrics:

Total offense:

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52nd (up from 55th), average of 424 yards-per-game.

Scoring offense:

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23rd, average of 38.1 points-per-game.

Passing offense:

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94th, average of 207 yards-per-game.

Shea Patterson is 14th in the country in completion percentage with 68.6% and 27th in the nation with a passer rating of 154.79. He is 34th in yards-per-attempt with 8.2. He only attempts 22.7 throws per game, which is 87th nationally.

Rushing offense:

28th, average of 217 yards-per-game. Karan Higdon is 9th nationally, averaging 114.5 yards-per-game.

Defense

The Michigan defense still missed Rashan Gary, but Aubrey Solomon returned to the lineup, along with Michael Dwumfour and Carlo Kemp. The Wolverines gave up some yards to Jonathan Taylor, but mostly kept the star running back contained. Meanwhile, the passing defense was stellar yet again.

Michigan lost a little ground overall in the national rankings in total defense, but otherwise continued to post stellar numbers.

Total defense:

2nd (down from 1st), average 238 yards-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 27th in third down conversion rate allowed, allowing teams to convert at 32.29% and is 103rd on fourth downs, allowing 66.67% of conversion attempts.

Michigan is 12th nationally with 54 tackles for loss and 14th in sacks with 20 on the season.

Scoring defense:

8th, average 15.4 points-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 113th, allowing teams to score 92.86% of the time in the red zone.

Passing defense:

1st, average 129.1 yards-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 3rd nationally, allowing 32 passing plays over 10 yards.

Rushing defense:

15th, average 108.86 yards-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 38th nationally, allowing 26 rushing plays of 10 yards or more.

Special Teams

Michigan’s special teams continue to be very good, but perhaps coming down from elite status in some of the rankings.

Here’s where the team ranks in special teams:

Kickoffs:

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66th, allowing 20.86 yards per opponent kickoff return.

Punting:

2nd, punting for an average of 51.05 yards, and 80th in returns allowed, allowing an average of 9 yards-per-return.

Kick returns:

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52nd, returning kicks an average of 21.69 yards.

Punt returns:

Michigan is 57th, averaging 9.85 yards-per-return.

Field goals:

44th, with a completion rate of 78.6% (11 made, 3 missed). In PAT, Michigan is 87th, having missed one of 31 attempts.

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