The Michigan Wolverines have their bye week up on the schedule in Week 3 and it could be coming in a much-needed moment. The victories did not arrive with ease, although the maize and blue have won the first two games of this year.??
Michigan endured a narrow 24-21 overtime win over Army for its second ATS loss after failing to pay for the spread. Failing to pay in the early stages of 2019 doesn’t represent anything new –??because reluctantly Shea Patterson was under center to the Wolverines, they are just 6-9 ATS and haven’t covered because Week 10 of past season against Penn State, a span of six matches.??
Below I outline a few reason as we advance through the school football program, fading the Wolverines may be a bet that is rewarding.
There have been high hopes for a new innovative offense for the Wolverines at 2019 with the hiring of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Last year, sometimes, the offense of Michigan seemed a little stale up the gut, yet Karan Higdon had. Higdon is no longer with the squad, however, because he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans and is on the practice group.
The Wolverines’ game appears to be in hands with no Higdon as carries with three peaks up to now and was selected??Big Ten Freshman of the Week in Week 2. This points to the fact that Michigan will nevertheless have the ball to run, especially. It is the passing game that’s a concern.
Michigan averaged only 215.7 passing yards per game last season to??rate 80th in the country and it seems things haven’t altered in 2019. The Wolverines??have shrunk 226 passing yards to rate 72nd. Quarterback Shea Patterson is at his senior season and his??yards per completion??(7.1) and??completion percentage are the lowest they have been since his freshman season.
The passing isn’t a result of lack of ability from the receiver corps since Michigan’s three wideouts are three-star, four-star and five-star recruits, directed by junior standout Donovan Peoples-Jones.
There were positives in the plot occasionally against Middle Tennessee, but against Army, there have been far more runs up the middle, which??is that primitive offense I alluded to above. I will believe the change to get good when I see it, although gattis indicated that was to empty the clock and maintain Army’s offense off the area.
When there isn’t a massive offensive shift when the Wolverines??come back from their bye week from No. 14 Wisconsin, that hasn’t surrendered a stage yet this season and will even be coming off a bye week, then fans will be calling for head coach Jim Harbaugh’s firing, I’m sure.
In combination with the offense in the early stages of the season, Michigan was shooting itself in the foot. The Wolverines rank 111th in the nation with 78th and 17 penalties in FBS with 113 penalty lawns. This will account for a few of the questionable play-calling when you facing yardage that is long over and over again and are getting pushed back.
Furthermore, quarterback Shea Patterson is tied to the most fumbles in the nation, while Michigan as a team ranks dead last in school football with five lost fumbles already, forcing the defense to be on the field more than it ought to be and obtaining the offense out of sync.
In general, the Wolverines are heading into conference play, but in a year with high expectations, you’ll find indications of a potential letdown from an Big Ten conference.