Michigan Monday: Game 5 at Iowa

Play Note Nuggets

• Michigan will take its best scoring offense on the road to face the best scoring defense in the country in Iowa.

• The Wolverines are scoring at a rate of 50 points per game and claim the No. 7 scoring defense (11 points allowed per game) during the first quarter of the regular season. Alabama (No. 5 offense, No. 3 defense) is the only other team in the country ranked in the top 10 on both sides of the ball.

• The Wolverines are scoring 5.2 touchdowns for every one they allow (26-5) early on, and have made twice as many field goals (six) as their opponents’ attempts (three).

• With 200 points in four games, the team is among the highest-scoring Michigan teams in recent history. Since 1905, the only team with the most points in the first four games of the season is the 2016 team (208 points).

• Iowa has the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation (5.8 points per game), having allowed just two touchdowns and 23 total points this season. Neither team has scored a rushing touchdown against them in four games.

• Since last season, UM has totaled 30 rushing touchdowns in its last eight games (17 in the first four games of 2022, 13 in the last four games of 2021).

Blake CorumThe explosive start to the season continues. Corum’s career-best 243 yards last weekend was the most by a UM running back since Tshimanga Biakabutuka in 1995 (313 yards vs. Ohio State). Denard Robinson’s 2010 performance against Notre Dame (258 rushing yards) was the last time Wolverine had a running game like Corum did against Maryland.

• Corum, who was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday (Sept. 26), ranks seventh in the country in rushing yards (478), fifth in rushing yards (7.47) and first in rushing touchdowns (nine ).

• In Michigan’s modern era, no player has rushed for as many touchdowns in the first four games of the season as Corum has this year. Tyrone Wheatley’s 1993 season is the closest (eight). The last Wolverine at any position responsible for nine touchdowns through the first four games of the year was Shea Patterson in 2019 (six passes, three rushing).

• Among running backs with at least 30 carries, Corum’s 7.5 yards per attempt ranks eighth in the country. As a freshman, Corum averaged 3.0 yards per carry on 26 rushing attempts. Over the next 207 carries in 16 games, he averaged more than 6.9 yards per carry, including 6.35 yards per carry in Big Ten play.

Corum has produced eight of Michigan’s 26 explosive offensive plays (20+ yards). PFFCollege credits him with 11 designed runs of 15+ yards, the most among FBS ball carriers.

• The line has helped bolster the running game to the tune of 6.32 adjusted rushing yards per catch per attempt and 7.6 yards per play overall. UM rushers have lost just 25 yards on 156 rushing attempts.

JJ McCarthy he will make the first start of his career this weekend. He continues to complete passes at a high rate, with a nation-leading 80 percent (48-of-60) line this year. McCarthy was 17 of 18 for 171 yards and two touchdowns on short (0-10) and intermediate (10-20) throws on Saturday.

• The signalman has thrown five touchdown passes, posting an 8.3 touchdown percentage this year. McCarthy also leads the FBS in yards per attempt (11.6) and ranks third in passing efficiency (204.5).

• When McCarthy starts and ends a Michigan drive, UM has produced 16 touchdowns and three field goals on 26 possessions, translating into points on 73 percent of drives. In his three starts, the team has scored on 16 of 17 trips to the red zone (94.1 percent) with 14 touchdowns.

• UM has a couple of top-15 scorers in the country: Corum (13.5 points per game) is the #1 point producer in all competitions and FBS kickers. grumpy jake (10.2) ranks 15th.

• Opponents have been limited to 3.9 yards per play, including 4.7 yards per pass. Opponents have lost 104 yards on tackles for loss.

• Among Big Ten defenders with at least 30 pass rushes, mike morris ranks 3rd in PFFCollege’s PRP (Fast Pass Productivity) grade. The serve rates him with a 23.8 percent win rate in pass rush situations.

• Among defenders with at least 100 coverage plays, dj turner ranks as the seventh best in the country. He has allowed an NFL passer rating against 14.6, allowing a catch every 21.6 plays in coverage.

• Among bettors with at least one punt per game (four total), brad robbinsThe wait time of 4.55 seconds is the best in the country, according to PFFCollege. He is the only bettor in the nation above 4.4 seconds. The average among Big Ten bettors who meet the same qualifications is 3.98 seconds.

With Robbins running the unit, no opponent has recorded a punt return of more than 10 yards since UM played Ohio State in the 2017 season (95 punts). Robbins missed the 2018 seasons and most of 2019.

• Maryland posted an eight-yard punt return last weekend, marking the first return yards allowed by UM’s punt coverage unit this year. Eight of Robbins’ 11 punts have been knocked down, caught fair or grounded out of bounds.

• Robbins special teams partner grumpy jake he has allowed just three returns on 29 kickoffs this season. When opponents attempt a return, he starts on average at his 18-yard line. He also ranked in the top 10 in career scoring at UM with 249 points. With his next field goal, he will tie Denard Robinson (252) for the ninth-most points of all time.

• PFF ranks Michigan as the No. 1 team in the nation in passing and tackling coverage; second in overall team ranking and total defense; fourth in run defense; seventh in total offense; eighth in receiving grade; and tied for ninth on special teams.

• Iowa is the No. 1 team in total defense and ranks third in rushing defense as well as sixth in pass coverage and tackles.

Leave a Comment