OPPOSING COACH'S TAKE
There's no question that they are great on defense, where they have everybody back. The Wolverines play tight man-to-man coverage most of the time. You're going to have to be extremely accurate [on offense]. To beat them you have to find windows, but they are very, very small windows. You get the ball underneath. You get some space between some of those defenders [such as 6'5" junior defensive tackle Rashan Gary and 5'11" junior linebacker DEVIN BUSH] on your slots, and you make plays that way. They're going to give you a lot of looks. They're going to get you [at the line of scrimmage]. But you can take advantage of some of that to get some positive runs. When you look at them on paper you think, Man, how are we going to run the ball on these guys? ... It's kind of scary, really, that they have 6'2" junior quarterback Shea Patterson [who transferred from Ole Miss]. They were already a great football team, and they're going to be a lot better. I came to a staff that recruited [Patterson], and I know all about him. The bottom line is, he's a special player, for sure, and he'll make them a different football team.
BY THE NUMBERS
Wins Michigan has posted in three matchups against Ohio State under Jim Harbaugh.
TD passes by Shea Patterson in seven games at Ole Miss last year, more than the three Michigan QB's threw for in 2017.
Shea Patterson gives coach Jim Harbaugh his best QB yet at Michigan, but a brutal schedule will keep the Wolverines out of the playoff hunt.
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Officially, the Wolverines have no offensive coordinator, but they do have three coaches with a combined 25 years of experience as offensive coordinators at the college and NFL levels. After Tim Drevno left for USC, coach JIM HARBAUGH brought in Ed Warinner (from Ohio State and Minnesota) to coach the line and Jim McElwain (from Florida) to lead the receivers. Pep Hamilton is the pass-game coordinator, in charge of QBs. The starter will be Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson. Last year's NFL-style offense, populated with inexperienced players, ranked 91st in scoring. The offense will have a different look, but will it translate to better results?
@ NOTRE DAME (16) [KEY MATCHUP][BIGGEST GAME]
WISCONSIN (3) [SI RANKINGS]
@ MICHIGAN STATE (11) [KEY MATCHUP][SI RANKINGS]
PENN STATE (7) [SI RANKINGS]
@ OHIO STATE (9) [BIGGEST GAME][SI RANKINGS]