Now that everyone has calmed down from the most exciting game ever, let's quickly look at how the game went for Michigan, and what area's do they need to improve.
- They never gave up, and played as a team throughout.
- The defense gave up a lot of yardage, but also came through for the team in big situations, except of course for ND's last drive.
- Brandin Hawthorne looked very good out there, and should challenge for a starting role from now on.
Things to work on
- Consistently getting pressure on the quarterback. This could be done with better blitz disguises and just tougher play up front; which would also stop some of those big runs.
- Better pass coverage....but fortunately not many teams have a Michael Floyd.
- The offensive line got bullied at times by ND, and Robinson wasn't able to break of many long runs apart from the read-options because of this. It's all well and good creating lanes against WMU, but they need to do it against tougher defenses if they expect to go to a decent bowl game.
- UM needs to develop a short-intermediate passing game. Denard isn't accurate on the long ball, and clearly makes some risky decisions, so they simply have to improve their short passing game if they want to move the ball consistently on good defenses.