"U-M gave up 262 yds, but too many on the ground."

So says former Michigan staffer Mark Ouimet about the Northwestern game. He adds, "And the running game is OSU's strength." Here is Ouimet's Northwestern wrap-up, with a firm eye looking forward to OSU.


Michigan scored two touchdowns on turnovers, the two second quarter Wildcat fumbles deep in their own territory. Michigan cashed in on them right away. And the Wolverines dominated offensively in the 1st half, and averaged 6.4 yards per play for the game. However, Michigan also allowed 4.7 yards per play to the Wildcats. Michigan cannot give up that many yards per play to Ohio State.

Michigan only gave up 262 yards -- but too many of those were on the ground.

To beat Ohio State, Michigan must, above all, stop the run. That is the main key for Michigan. The Wolverines can't give over 100 yards on the ground to OSU. They gave up 117 yards rushing to Northwestern. Michigan only gave up 262 yards total, which is good -- but too many of those yards were on the ground, and the running game is OSU's strength.

The Wolverines dominated the time of possession, and once again were excellent on 3rd down conversions.

But, Michigan only had one sack -- and overall they have not had as many sacks this year as last. Michigan has to get to OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel -- he's a good scrambler, and he reads defenses well too.

The only Wolverine that stood out defensively Saturday was Ernest Shazor.

On offense this Saturday, both quarterbacks will actually have the same goal -- to be sharp and make no turnovers. That's a second key to the game -- the team with the most turnovers will lose this game. Don't forget that.

And thirdly, if Michigan gets off to a great start, that'll help. Both teams make good adjustments at the half, so having the half-time lead is important.

Against Northwestern, Michigan had the better athletes, but still ran up the score score mainly due to the Wildcats' turnovers.

This Saturday, the athletes are equal.

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