Hey, everybody. I’m publishing a little early this week because I’m going to be super busy on Friday and Saturday - hopefully you don’t mind.
A technical note for you this week - this is the last go-round where negative weekly totals do not have an impact on season-long standings. Against Wisconsin, OSU, and then in the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff that Michigan will be participating in, it is possible to lose points. So be careful.
More seriously, negative weekly numbers have gotten fairly uncommon as players have gotten the hang of all my predictions, so I’m not sure that this will produce the chaos that I originally envisioned when I laid out the late-season chaos rule. But it’s worth making a note of it as we head toward Michigan’s upcoming national title victory.
Hey, let me dream, damn it.
Michigan Wolverines: Pass Offense
Brandon Peters: 116 passing yards
Donovan Peoples-Jones: 35 receiving yards
Sean McKeon: 27 receiving yards
Zach Gentry: 24 receiving yards
Nico Collins: 16 receiving yards
Grant Perry: 10 receiving yards
Karan Higdon: 4 receiving yards
Notable zeroes: John O’Korn, Alex Malzone, Ty Isaac, Chris Evans, Kekoa Crawford, Nick Eubanks, Ty Wheatley, Nate Schoenle, Maurice Ways, Oliver Martin, & Drake Harris
I’m not sure if it’s injuries or something else, but Minnesota did not see much or any of Grant Perry, Kekoa Crawford, John O’Korn, Ty Isaac, Kareem Walker, Ty Wheatley, and Nick Eubanks. Late against Minnesota, Alex Malzone was in instead of O’Korn. Meanwhile, Kekoa Crawford has not put up any stats in the last two games.
It seems that Michigan’s coaches have shortened their rotation a little bit while also trying to give some new faces a chance to perform over guys who have already gotten their shot and not produced. But there’s also the possibility of injuries, so I’m just spitballing as to the reasons for offensive rotation.
Michigan Wolverines: Run Offense
Karan Higdon: 128 rushing yards
Chris Evans: 79 rushing yards
Ty Isaac: 37 rushing yards
Eddie McDoom: 5 rushing yards
Khalid Hill: 3 rushing yards
Brandon Peters: -13 rushing yards
Notable zeroes: Kareem Walker, DPJ, Henry Poggi, O’Maury Samuels, Kurt Taylor, Ben Mason
Isaac and Walker combined for 0 carries against Minnesota, but both had good games a week before against Rutgers - 14 carries for 109 yards for Isaac, 6 carries for 34 yards for Walker.
Walker seemed to sprain his ankle late in that game, though, and that can take a couple or a few weeks to heal. O’Maury Samuels could get some carries in his absence; he’s had 6 carries for 8 yards the last two weeks, a clip of 1.3 yards a tote.
DPJ has had two rushing attempts in nine games; Eddie McDoom, meanwhile, has had four straight games with a rushing attempt, and has gotten rushing yardage in six of nine games this season.
Score & totals
Michigan pass offense: 116 passing yards
Michigan run offense: 239 rushing yards
Michigan total offense: 355 total yards
Maryland pass offense: 42 passing yards
Maryland run offense: 112 rushing yards
Maryland total offense: 154 total yards
Michigan: 39 points
Maryland: 13 points
Please ignore that I predicted 42 passing yards and 112 rushing yards for the Rutgers game, as well. Hey, I said don’t notice that!
Anyway, Maryland is currently 113th in passing offense and 56th in rushing offense. Their offense has been relatively good at scoring (55th) for how many yards they put up (112th). For more stats, click here.
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