ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It'll be about the battle of two defenses on Saturday in Ann Arbor when Michigan and Northwestern face off.
Not only are the two teams boasting the best defenses the Big Ten Conference has to offer, but they currently rank as some of the best defense in the entire nation as well.
Brick wall, meet immovable object.
However, one of those objects has to move. Wide receiver Amara Darboh and the U-M offense hopes it can be as effective as it has been in recent weeks, although Darboh realizes that will be no easy feat.
"I think we're going to have to come out strong," Darboh said. "I know, me personally, not wanting any three-and-outs right away and want to keep the ball moving, put a lot of points up, that's one thing I think we need to do more on the offense is put more points up to put our defense in a better situation."
Does Northwestern's put any extra pressure on the offense to perform? Not necessarily, Darboh says. Besides, the U-M offense, and team in general, has proven people wrong before.
"For me personally, I don't think so," Darboh said. "I think it's going to be exciting, I think it's going to be a challenge for us. I'm looking forward to it and I know the rest of the offensive players are because we know what we're capable of. If we do what we need to do and I think if we come out strong. Just like the BYU game, people were saying its going to be a challenge for us and I think we came out strong. I think we need to do the same for this game."
U-M has a good defense itself, so it won't be blindsided headed into Saturday's game. For the offense, Darboh thinks they're better off for it in practice every day, as they are much better prepared for what's to come.
"It definitely helps," Darboh said. "It's going to help this week throughout practice. They prepare us for the game and I definitely think it's an advantage to have a great defense to go against every day.