Halftime Analysis of No. 6 Michigan vs No. 24 Michigan State

Halftime Analysis of No. 6 Michigan vs No. 24 Michigan State

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Halftime Analysis of No. 6 Michigan vs No. 24 Michigan State

The time to talk is over and the battle for bragging rights and for the Paul Bunyan Trophy is halfway over between Michigan and Michigan State. Both teams came into today ranked in the top 25, with Michigan State at 24 coming off a big win over Penn State last week and Michigan at 6 with a solid win over Wisconsin last week.

The first quarter was quiet for both teams as they each had a three and out. Then with around five minutes left in the first quarter, there was a weather delay and when the game resumed Michigan finished their drive with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Nico Collins as Michigan took the 7-0 lead.

The second quarter was much of the same as both offenses stalled out and one drive, Michigan was inside the red zone and kicker Quinn Nordin whiffed on a field goal and the score would remain 7-0 and nothing else would change as both offenses are not doing much of anything.

POSITIVES:

  • Michigan’s pass defense has done a good job in stopping the MSU passing offense. Michigan has the best pass defense in the country, along with the number two overall defense and they’ve held MSU to 38 passing yards as quarterback Brian Lewerke finished the half 3/13 and star wide receiver Felton Davis was without a catch and he left the second quarter on a cart as his day could be over.

NegativES:

  • Michigan’s run blocking was poor and it was well expected. Michigan State has the number one run defense in college football and the Wolverines are testing it and losing. The team overall has 22 carries for 84 yards. Michigan should open up the passing game for the run game to work, not test the impressive run defense of MSU. Get rid of the 38-yard run by Higdon and the perspective changes.
  • Punter Will Hart has not done well when he has been out there. In five punts, he has 230 yards, but three have been for touchbacks, letting MSU have some breathing room at the 20. Hart needs to control the punts better to pin MSU deeper down the field if he wants them to work harder on offense and he did better on the third punt where he pinned MSU at the six but got another touchback on the fourth kick.
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