5 Takeaways From Michigan's 42-7 Win Over Rutgers

5 Takeaways From Michigan's 42-7 Win Over Rutgers

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5 Takeaways From Michigan's 42-7 Win Over Rutgers

Michigan went into New Jersey and made the Rutgers Scarlet Knights remember who came into their own state and took top recruits and left with them as they played a complete game, winning 42-7. There are a good amount of things to discuss after the victory, so let’s dive in.

1. Michigan played clean with only two penalties

One of the biggest problems with the 2018 Michigan football is the number of penalties the team gets, mostly on the defense. Today, they played pretty clean with only two flags against them for 20 yards.

They should keep playing clean and avoiding mistakes and giving the opposing offenses easier chances to score. Eliminating mistakes that hurt you can help you immensely and Michigan, while playing against a 1-8 team, didn’t have to do much to try and win this football game.

2. Brandon Peters is your backup quarterback

With backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey out for the season with a broken collarbone, the backup job was now between Brandon Peters and Joe Milton. Peters has some experience playing last year, but Milton has only played in one game this year, getting to play in four games before he loses his redshirt.

Well in the fourth quarter, starting quarterback Shea Patterson went out and Peters came in and was only in for one play as he handed off the ball to running back Chris Evans who took it 61 yards for a touchdown. Then for the rest of the game, Milton came in, limiting his games to play in before losing his redshirt down to two now.

3. Injuries popped up at the worst time

We currently don’t have any updates on these players and their status for next week or the rest of the season, but Michigan lost four defensive players, two starters and two depth players against Rutgers.

Starting cornerback Lavert Hill and safety Josh Metellus left the game early and never returned. Defensive linemen Kwity Paye and Josh Uche would leave the game as well and not return once again. Michigan can’t afford injuries right now as their season is coming to an end and with two big games coming up against Indiana and Ohio State, they need all the help they can get to try and reach the playoffs.

4. Defensive front seven struggles

Against tougher opponents like Penn State and Michigan State, the Michigan front seven didn’t have issues with stopping them in their tracks. Today, against the worst team in the Big Ten, Michigan had some difficulty stopping the Scarlet Knights.

While Rutgers would only get one touchdown on the day and off just a huge 80-yard touchdown, they would still get to almost 200 rushing yards, finishing with 193 on 33 carries. Michigan needs to be able to contain the run in their upcoming games as they are against tougher opponents. If they played like they did today against a better opponent, the game would have been closer.

5. No help from little brother

This one isn’t anything from the win over Rutgers but from East Lansing. Coming into today, if Michigan State would have beaten Ohio State, Michigan would have had an easier time to clinch the Big Ten East and get closer to punching their ticket to Indianapolis.

Now, with Ohio State winning, if Michigan wants to clinch the division before their matchup with the Buckeyes, they will need to beat Indiana and have Maryland pull off a big upset over Ohio State, which is unlikely. Therefore, Michigan vs Ohio State in two weeks will most likely be for the division title and it puts even more pressure on the players and coaches and makes the rivalry game even more intense with playoff and conference championship implications on the line.

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