By the Nos: UM O vs Minnesota D & Prediction

With Nick Sheridan at quarterback, does Michigan have a chance against the Gopher defense?

MICHIGAN OFFENSE vs MINNESOTA DEFENSE - OVERALL:

Minnesota is 4th in the league in scoring defense, giving up 25.8 points per game.
Michigan in scoring Offense ... ah, you don't want to know* (okay, look at this number with one eye closed ... 21.4 points a game).

Minnesota is 8th in the league in total defense, giving up 362.8 yards per game.
U-M in total Offense ... ah, you don't want to know* ... (288.0 yards a game).

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MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE vs MINNESOTA PASSING DEFENSE:

Minnesota Passing defense: 8th in the B-10, giving up 230.3 yards per game. In pass efficiency defense, Gophers are 7th in the league.

U-M Passing Offense: U-M is back to last again, averaging 252.6 yards per game. In pass efficiency ... ditto.

Nick Sheridan is not in the passing rankings.

Martavious Odoms is 4th in the league in receptions, averaging 4.5 catches per game. Odoms has dropped off the rankings in receiving yards per game.

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MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE vs MINNESOTA RUSHING DEFENSE:

Minnesota Rushing defense: 6th in the Big 10, 132.4 yards per game (4.0 yards per carry).

U-M Rushing: U-M is 9th in the league in rushing, averaging 138.6 yards per game (3.8 yards per carry).

Michigan does not have a back in the top ten in rushing in the Big Ten.

MInnesota has no one in the top 20 tacklers in the country.

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MISC.

Minnesota is 5th in the league in giving up first downs.
U-M in making first downs ... ah, you don't wanna know*.

Minnesota is 2nd in the league in 3rd down defense, allowing a 32.2% conversion rate.
U-M in 3rd down conversions ... ah, you don't wanna know*.

Minnesota is 6th in the league in Red Zone defense, allowing a 77.8% scoring rate.
U-M is 9th in the league Red Zone offense, scoring 80.0% of the time.

Minnesota is 6th in the league in sacks, averaging 2.4 per game.
U-M is 7th best in the league in sacks given up, averaging 2.0 per game.

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(*Note: "ah, you don't want to know" means - dead-last.)

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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Well, with Nick Sheridan at QB, Michigan will have trouble getting past 14 points.

PREDICTION

Minnesota averages scoring 30 points a game ... IMO that's a good prediction for the gophers' points scored.
As we said, with Sheridan at QB, U-M will have troubler getting past 14, unless Minor has the game of his life.


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