ANN ARBOR, Mich. – After two straight shutouts, Michigan’s defense has proved to be among the elite squads in college football.
In fact, U-M’s defense is No. 2 in the country, giving up only 184.0 yards per game.
Which is pretty good, right? Well, according to defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow, finishing second in total defense is not the goal.
“I think our goal is to be the best defense in the country,” Glasgow said. “We really don’t shy away from talking about that.”
Glasgow continued: “But they main key that is stressed every week is that you have to remember what got to such a defensive performance. You just can’t think because you did it one time, that you’re going to do it again automatically. It’s about how you practice, it’s about how you prepare and it’s about how you watch film. And we’ve been doing a great job of that the past couple weeks, and we’re going to continue to do a good job of that.”
The past couple weeks U-M’s defense shutout BYU (31-0) and Maryland (28-0), and this week No. 18 Michigan (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) plays host to No. 13 Northwestern (5-0, 1-0) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
“It feels good,” Glasgow said when asked about playing a ranked opponent at home. “Northwestern is a really good team. They have a great defense, they like to run the ball and have a good offense. We’re excited to play a game at home against another good team and really get after it this week.”
However, Michigan’s goals on defense this week against NW will remain the same, says Glasgow.
“Our goal is for them to get no yards on every play or negative yards,” Glasgow said. “And when they get yards it’s a failure for us. Every guy is trying to win their individual match up on every play. And when you don’t do that, you’re hurting the guy next to you and you’re hurting your defense. So when we have a 11 guys winning their individual battle on every play, shutouts can be a byproduct of it.”