The Michigan Wolverines have their bye week next up on the schedule in Week 3 and it can be coming in a time. The successes did not arrive effortlessly although the maize and blue have won the first two games of the season.??
After failing to pay for the 36-point spread against Middle Tennessee in Week 32, Michigan endured a narrow 24-21 overtime win over Army for its second ATS loss. Failing to cover in the first stages of 2019 doesn’t signify anything new –??since reluctantly Shea Patterson has been under center for the Wolverines, they’re only 6-9 ATS and haven’t covered because Week 10 of this past season from Penn State, a period of six matches.??
Below I summarize a few reason as we progress through the college football schedule, the Wolverines may be a bet that is rewarding.
There were also high hopes for a new revolutionary, modern offense for the Wolverines in 2019 using the hiring of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. With simple runs, Michigan’s offense seemed a little stale sometimes around the gut last year, nevertheless Karan Higdon had 1,178 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Higdon is no longer with the squad, though, as he is on the practice team and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans.
The Wolverines’ running game is apparently in nice hands without Higdon, however,??as carries with three peaks thus far and was chosen Big Ten Freshman of the Week in Week 2. This points to the fact that Michigan will still have the ball to run, especially. It is.
Michigan averaged only 215.7 passing yards per game to??position 80th in the nation and it appears things haven’t changed in 2019. Through the first two games, the Wolverines??have averaged 226 passing yards per game to rate 72nd. Quarterback Shea Patterson is at his senior season and his??yards per completion??(7.1) and??completion percentage would be the lowest they have been since his rookie season.
The inadequate passing is not a result of lack of talent in the receiver corps as Michigan’s three wideouts are four-star five-star and three-star recruits, directed by standout Donovan Peoples-Jones.
There were advantages in the offensive scheme occasionally from Middle Tennessee, but against Army, there were runs up the center, which??is that archaic offense I alluded to above. Gattis implied that was to empty the clock and keep Army’s offense off the field, when I see it but I shall believe the change to get good.
When there is not a massive offensive shift when the Wolverines??return from their bye week against No. 14 Wisconsin, which??has not surrendered a point yet this season and will also be coming off a bye week, fans will be calling for head coach Jim Harbaugh’s shooting, I am sure.
In combination with the fighting offense in the season’s first phases, Michigan was shooting itself in the foot. The Wolverines position 111th in the nation with 78th and 17 penalties in FBS with 113 penalty lawns. This will account for some of the suspicious play-calling whenever you are getting pushed back and facing lengthy first-down yardage over and over again.
What’s more, quarterback Shea Patterson is tied to the most fumbles in the nation, while Michigan as a team ranks dead last in college football with five lost fumbles previously, forcing the defense to be on the field more than it ought to be and receiving the offense out of sync.
The Wolverines continue to be 2-0 heading into conference play, but in a season with high expectations, there are signs of a possible letdown against an ever-strengthening Big Six conference.