Michgian has had some very good defenses, but most of them seem so long ago; I remember very clearly that the Wolverines had that bend-don't-break defense that helped win a national championship. RichRod didn't give two shits about defense, and still doesn't--do you remember having similar comments to the following here at MnB?:
The one area that Hoke's teams showed promise was in the defense, but what we've seen so far this season with D.J. Durkin's leadership (and, to be honest, still having Greg Mattison) is not only exciting, but encouraging, and even a little frightening. I mean, imagine this unit improving even more yet this season!
A quick perusal of the stats at NCAA.com quantifies what we've seen: Michigan's defense is very, very good on a national level. As of writing this the Wolverines' defensive rankings are...
- #2 Total Defense -- allowing 203.8 yards per game.
- #4 Scoring Defense -- allowing a mere 9.5 points per game.
- #5 Passing Yards Allowed -- 121.8 per game.
- #74 Red Zone Defense -- opponents score 83.3% of the time (4 TDs, 1 FG on six attempts), but only 14 points-allowed in the last three games.
- #77 Total Defense -- allowing 395.8 yards per game.
- #46 Scoring Defense -- allowing 20.8 points per game.
- #107 Passing Yards Allowed -- 277 yards per game.
- #14 Red Zone Defense -- opponents score 69% of the time (7 TDs, 2 FGs on 13 attempts), and 59 points-allowed in the last three games.