Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Eight

Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Eight

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Where It Ranks: Michigan After Week Eight

Last week, we put to rest the notion that Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines couldn’t win big games with the 38-13 victory over Wisconsin. On Saturday, two more narratives were laid to rest, with Michigan downing then-No. 24 Michigan State, a ranked rival, who the Wolverines beat on the road.

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

Offense

After dominating Michigan State and its former No. 1 rushing defense for the majority of the game, here’s where Michigan stands offensively heading into the bye week.

Total offense:

56th (down from 52nd), average of 420.4 yards-per-game.

Scoring offense:

29th, average of 36 points-per-game.

Passing offense:

94th, average of 207.6 yards-per-game (same).

Shea Patterson is 17th in the country in completion percentage with 67.2% and 22nd in the nation with a passer rating of 155.47. He is 28th in yards-per-attempt with 8.3. He only attempts 22.9 throws per game, which is 87th nationally.

Rushing offense:

32nd, average of 212.75 yards-per-game. Karan Higdon is 7th nationally, averaging 118.71 yards-per-game.

Defense

Michigan absolutely dominated MSU, holding the Spartans to just 94 total yards — 15 yards rushing and 79 yards passing.

Here’s where the Wolverines stand nationally.

Total defense:

1st, average 220 yards-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 11th in third down conversion rate allowed, allowing teams to convert at 28.7% (MSU converted on zero third down attempts) and is 96th on fourth downs, allowing 61.54% of conversion attempts.

Michigan is 10th nationally with 61 tackles for loss and 10th in sacks with 24 on the season.

Scoring defense:

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6th, average 14.4 points-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 120th, allowing teams to score 93.33% of the time in the red zone.

Passing defense:

1st, average 122.9 yards-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 1st nationally, allowing 35 passing plays over 10 yards.

Rushing defense:

7th, average 97.3 yards-per-game allowed.

Michigan is 29th nationally, allowing 27 rushing plays of 10 yards or more.

Special Teams

Michigan’s special teams continue to be mostly good, save for a few hiccups.

Here’s where the team ranks in special teams:

Kickoffs:

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50th, allowing 20 yards per opponent kickoff return.

Punting:

3rd, punting for an average of 49.54 yards, and 84th in returns allowed, allowing an average of 8.92 yards-per-return.

Kick returns:

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70th, returning kicks an average of 20.5 yards.

Punt returns:

Michigan is 57th, averaging 9.26 yards-per-return.

Field goals:

61st, with a completion rate of 73.3% (11 made, 4 missed). In PAT, Michigan is 81st, having missed one of 34 attempts.

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