Michigan and Nebraska sizing
The Michigan Wolverines football will face Nebraska on Saturday night in Lincoln.
Here, we’ve set the stage for every aspect of the Wolverines-Cornhuskers game, with a statistical and analytical breakdown, and give our take on who has the advantage in each area.
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THE MICHIGAN OFFICE VS. THE DEFENSE OF NEBRASKA
General breakdown: Michigan offense vs. Nebraska defense
Here are some stats and analysis on Michigan’s pass offense and Nebraska’s pass defense, followed by our analysis.
Passing play: Michigan offense against Nebraska defense
Analysis: Michigan freshman quarterback redshirt Cade mcnamara hasn’t been sacked this year, and Nebraska’s pass rush has come to the house too often, leading to believe the Wolverines will be able to keep it clean. Last week in Wisconsin, the Wolverines proved they can push the ball down the field, racking up 253 yards in the air despite not having much help from the running game.
Michigan’s numbers don’t tell the full strength of their passing game, efficiency being the name of the game and giving the Maize and Blue a slight edge.
Run the game
Here are some stats and analysis on Michigan’s powerful ground attack and Nebraska run defense, followed by our analysis.
Racing Game: Michigan Attack vs. Nebraska Defense
Analysis: Michigan’s rushing offense has been a bit quieter and less explosive over the past two games, but the 112-yard rushing production against the Badgers last week can’t be overlooked, even though it took 44 carries.
The Huskers give up just 122.2 rushing yards and have done well over the past two weeks – in the opposite direction of Michigan – giving up just 108 combined yards to Northwestern and Michigan State.
THE NEBRASKA OFFENSIVE VS. THE DEFENSE OF MICHIGAN
Here are some stats and analysis on Nebraska’s passing game and Michigan’s passing defense, followed from our perspective.
Passing game: Nebraska attack against Michigan defense
Analysis: Nebraska junior quarterback Adrien martinez makes two-thirds of his passes and makes fewer mistakes this season than in the past, but his offensive line is in trouble. On the other hand, Michigan’s pass rush is increasing, having scored six sacks last week which helped a high school that was good but not great.
Advantage: Michigan pass on Nebraska offensive line and Nebraska quarterback and receivers on Wolverines cover
Run the game
Here are some stats and analysis on Nebraska’s rushed play and Michigan’s run defense, followed by our analysis.
Racing Game: Nebraska Attack vs. Michigan Defense
Analysis: Nebraska handles everything from designed quarterback runs and straight transfers, to the triple option, making it a rushed attack that’s hard to stop. Michigan’s defensive line played better and continues to slow down opposing rushers, making for an intriguing clash. Due to the threat Martinez poses when he’s out of pocket, the Huskers have a slight advantage.
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