MT On The U-M Offense vs. The OSU Defense

Former Michigan quarterback Michael Taylor: "Offense-wise ... Michigan has to be diverse at what they are doing. They can't sit there and let Ohio State make them one-dimensional."

Michael Taylor:

"Offense-wise ... Michigan has to be diverse at what they are doing. They can't sit there and let Ohio State make them one-dimensional. Henne can't throw the ball 40 times if Michigan is going to win. So they have to be able to run the ball some.

"The key: Michigan's offensive line has to make sure they get on their blocks ... if they get on their blocks Michigan will be okay. Jake Long is the neutralizer; let's hope he's healthy. Adam Stenavich is gonna battle, he's a battler ... if he can give a decent game like he did in 2003 versus Will Smith, he will be alright. Matt Lentz will play hard, and Leo Henige as well. The biggest question is whether Adam Kraus can be 'a man' in there in his first OSU game -- the hitting out there will be at a different level for the new guys. If Kraus has a good game they will be alright. If Michigan can run the ball some, Ohio State won't beat them.

"And Chad Henne isn't going to have much time when he drops back. So Henne has to have his best game, mentally I mean. That's the second key.

"Michigan's best game plan is what they did last week -- they showed plays I didn't think they had. You may wonder why they showed some of the plays in stead of waiting until Saturday -- let's assume they have variations off them ...

"Michigan has a lot of young guys on offense, and these guys are going to be a little nervous ... you have to have gone through it to understand the intensity out there in this game, the ferocity, the hitting ... it's not like any other game. I loved playing in this one, but this game is a war out there. So the veterans -- meaning Jason Avant more than anyone -- have to lead out there."

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