Michigan Football: What we’ve learned after five weeks


College football is going into its sixth week of play and the Michigan Wolverines are off to a great start. They are currently sitting at 5-0 and first in the Big Ten East division. There is a big threat looming in Columbus though; the 5-0 Buckeyes are obliterating their opponents in impressive fashion. OSU hasn’t played cupcake teams though; the Buckeyes beat Notre Dame 21-10, Wisconsin 52-21, and the newly built Rutgers team 49-10. 

Michigan played really well during the first three weeks against non-conference opponents, but to be honest, the Wolverines have played three cupcake teams. The Wolverines have scored a combined total of 166 points against their first three non-conference opponents; this was an average of 55 points per game, one of the highest point per game averages in the nation. The offense was, and is, not the problem. The defense was a little shaky against Maryland; however, they did give up more points than all of their non-conference opponents had scored against them. The final score was Michigan 34 and Maryland 27. 

“As they say [Kinnick] is where top-five teams go to die. I think the biggest thing is just how good the team is. You turn on the offensive tape, and yeah, it’s a Kirk Ferentz-coached offense. I mean, everything is detailed, everything’s precise, same fundamentals, and they just get so good at what they’re doing that they beat you with execution,” said Harbaugh. This statement was made by Harbaugh when asked  about what makes Kinnick Stadium a tough place to play. As a Michigan fan, you know that Michigan has struggled against the Iowa Hawkeyes when playing at Kinnick. Then, last Saturday, Michigan beat the Hawks in a dogfight. The final score was 28-14, but Michigan dominated every minute of the game. The defense bounced back and showed why they are such a threat, they’re fast, precise, and dangerous on the edge. The Wolverines’ next test is against Indiana this Saturday at noon.

The Buckeyes will also be a team to watch as they square off against MSU on Saturday. Personally, I don’t think it will be a close game. Michigan will need to be firing on all cylinders each and every week. The next few weeks for the Wolverines will include a few trap games and a difficult test versus Penn State. Michigan will need to focus on playing sound and quickly put away teams. The Buckeyes will definitely be an offense to watch, and on November 26, 2022, the Michigan Wolverines will be tested.