Michigan Football: UMass Recap/Notre Dame Preview

Michigan ran over first year FBS opponent University of Massachusetts 63-13 in what pretty much was a warm up for this week against Notre Dame. Michigan, coming into the UMass game as a 45.5 point favorite covered the spread, beating the Minutemen by 50.

Not too much to take away from this game, but it was a chance for Michigan to try to establish some consistency on offense and defense and get some young players some PT and experience.

Michigan took the early lead scoring on their first possession on a 26 yard TD pass from Robinson to freshman tight end Devin Funchess. It was a day to spread the wealth as 5 different running backs got carries and 9 different players had a catch. 8 different players recorded a TD, including left guard Taylor Lewan on a fumble recovery in the end zone.

Denard Robinson played into the 3rd quarter and finished 16-24 in the air for 291 yards and 3 TDs. He also rushed 10 times for 106 yards and 1 TD.

He looked good for the most part, but he did miss on a couple of passes and made one bad read which resulted in a UMass pick 6. Russell Bellomy finished the game as the quarterback.

Fitz Toussaint looked to get back on track against UMass after being suspended for the first week against Alabama and pretty much shut down against Air Force. He finished with 15 carries for 85 yards and 1 TD. Smith, Rawls, Hayes, and Norfleet all got carries during the game.

9 different players had receptions, but Devin Gardner and Devin Funchess still seem to be Robinson’s main targets. Each of the Devins had a TD. Roy Roundtree even got into the action against UMass by catching 2 balls and recording a TD after being MIA the last 2 games.

Defense looked alright, but it was against UMass so it should have looked great. Freshman linebackers Joe Bolden and James Ross continue to get a lot of playing time and are definitely competing for starting positions with senior Kenny Demens and sophomore Desmond Morgan.

There is also competition for one of the starting cornerback spots between Courtney Avery and Raymon Taylor. The defensive line still looks scary. Michigan was shuffling players in and out of the d-line all game trying to establish some pressure and consistency. D-tackles Will Campbell and Quinton Washington still look to be struggling.

Next up: at Notre Dame, 7:30 pm under the lights.

Notre Dame looks legit after they shut down Michigan State at Spartan Stadium and improved to 3-0 and #11 in the AP poll. This will definitely be a challenge for Michigan. Recent history tells us this should be an exciting game. Michigan has mounted 4th quarter comebacks in the last few games to beat the Irish.

Notre Dame stacked the box against State, shutting down September Heisman candidate Le’veon Bell and the MSU running game and forced QB Andy Maxwell to try to beat them with the passing game. Michigan should expect the same as Notre Dame will try to eliminate the running game.

Notre Dame will try to keep Robinson in the pocket and make him throw the ball. Robinson has looked better passing this year, but will it be good enough to upset Team Jesus?

On the other side of the ball, Michigan’s defense will need to play a lot better. The D-line will have to get pressure on the QB and be able to get off blocks to stop the run. Both have been concerns so far this year.

Notre Dame’s QB, Golson is a playmaker. They have excellent tight ends and strong running back with Wood. Creating a couple turnovers will help, but Michigan’s defense will have to play their best game to pull off the upset.

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