Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs No. 10 Ohio State

Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs No. 10 Ohio State

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Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs No. 10 Ohio State

The Game is officially here. Michigan vs. Ohio State. One of the biggest questions was if defensive end Chase Winovich would get the start or even play and he would do both. Things started out rough for the Michigan team overall as they went three and out to start the game and on defense, Ohio State picked them apart on crossing routes and on a 24-yard pass, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins would find wide receiver Chris Olave untouched for the touchdown and Ohio State took the 7-0 lead.

Michigan would rebound somewhat and drive down the field and get held up, but in field goal range, new starting kicker Jake Moody would nail the 39-yard field goal and Michigan cut the lead 7-3.

The Wolverines would wake up on defense and force a three and out by Ohio State and on their own drive, get down the field once again but get held up by the Buckeyes and Moody made another field goal, this one from 31-yards out and Michigan cut the lead 7-6.

After back to back punts by each team, Ohio State would drive down the field once again and get another big play to Olave for another 24-yard touchdown pass and Ohio State would extend their lead 14-6.

Michigan’s defense would let up a big one as wide receiver Johnnie Dixon was WIDE OPEN for a 31-yard touchdown as Ohio State was up with ease 21-6.

Michigan wouldn’t go down without a fight as they drive and Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson found wide receiver Nico Collins for a 23-yard touchdown and Michigan is down 21-13.

Ohio State would bobble the snap and Michigan would recover inside their own 10 and Patterson found running back Chris Evans wide open for a touchdown and after a failed two-point conversion, Ohio State would still have the lead 21-19.

Ohio State drove down the field and get three points before halftime and take the lead 24-19.

POSITIVES:

  • Michigan’s offense is chewing the clock, owning the time of possession, 18:56 to 11:04 and that is what you need to do when playing Ohio State, keep their offense off the field as long as possible and when the Wolverines are on offense, score as much as you can to give their offense no chance to get rhythm and time to score. It has turned into quick scoring drives for Ohio State, but Michigan’s offense has gotten points when they needed it to stay in the game.
  • Jake Moody got the nod to be the starting kicker and he has answered the call both times so far, making 39 and 31-yard field goals with ease. Michigan can rely on Moody to get them the points when they need them most.

NEGATIVES:

  • Michigan’s run offense is struggling against the Buckeyes defense that has been allowing easy breaks by the opposing running backs. So far, the Wolverines have 23 carries for 78 yards, averaging 3.4 yards per carry.
  • Michigan’s defense is playing inconsistently, making some big stops, along with the help of penalties by Ohio State, the run defense has done well, holding Ohio State to 34 yards, but the pressure hasn’t been on Haskins and he has had all day to throw the ball, going 13/21 for 222 yards and three touchdowns. If Michigan can create pressure on Haskins, their defense can create big plays and make huge stops.
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