Michigan football rolling along as planned, but new questions on offense emerge

At long last, Michigan football’s cupcake-filled nonconference season is over.

The Wolverines, who entered the season and remain ranked No. 2 in the US LBM Coaches Poll, were widely expected to steamroll through the pre-Big Ten portion of their schedule and in many respects, they did just that.

Michigan is still yet to trail this season, its first-team defense has allowed just a pair of field goals (though one was hardly the defense’s fault) and the offense has looked explosive, with two players — Blake Corum and Roman Wilson — with a half-dozen touchdowns apiece.

But for all the spurts of dominance, there were also a fair amount of questions raised.

After perhaps the best two-game passing stretch for any quarterback in program history, J.J. McCarthy had the worst game of his career vs. Bowling Green in Week 3. The junior completed just eight of 13 passes for 143 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, each seemingly more questionable than the last in Michigan’s 31-6 win over the Falcons.

Michigan running back Blake Corum runs for a first down during the first half against Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 16 2023, in Ann Arbor.

“Humbled,” Week 3 acting head coach Sherrone Moore said. “As long as you learn from it, you progress and you get better. … You’re never gonna play a perfect game and obviously, we have some stuff to fix and we will. We’ll continue to put our head down and work to where we want to be.”

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Through the first two weeks, the passing game was the offense’s saving grace as the run game struggled to get the same push as a season ago. That goes in particular for Donovan Edwards.

The junior is yet to rush for more than 50 yards in any contest and still hasn’t found the end zone, as his 27 carries have gone…


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