After watching the first three games, it seemed to me that an inordinate amount of opposition scoring is actually being generated by Michigan's offense (specifically interceptions and bad punts...). I broke down all of the opponents' scoring drives to get a better idea of what's going on.
This is not intended to pick on Devin Gardner or Matt Wile. I only counted drives that are highlighted by an asterick (*). We all know about Gardner's interceptions. I've also highlighted Wiles punts of 25 yards or less. Based on my calculations, 57% of oppenents' scoring (36 out of 63 total points) can be attributed to interceptions or shanked punts. These are correctable issues.
Details below......please forgive any formatting issues!
CMU Scoring Drives
* Gardner interception returned to Michigan 7. CMU moves ball to 6. Kicks field goal.
* Gardner interception returned to Michigan 29. CMU moves ball to 10. Kicks field goal.
CMU takes touchback. Drives to Michigan 17. Kicks field goal.
Gardner: 6 of 9 points. 67%
Notre Dame Scoring Drives
ND takes touchback. Drives to Michigan 4. Kicks field goal.
* Wile punts 24 yards to Michigan 46. ND drives to 26. Kicks field goal.
ND takes touchback. Drives to Michigan 7. Kicks field goal.
Wile punts to ND 10. ND drives for TD
* Gardner interception in end zone. TD.
* Wile punts 21 yards to ND 48. Drives to Michigan 23. Kicks field goal.
Gardner: 7 of 30 points. 23%
Wile: 6 of 30 points. 20%
Akron Scoring Drives
* Wile punts 21 yards to Michigan 31. Drives to Michigan 28. Kicks field goal.
Wile punts 47 yards (net) to Akron 25. Drives for TD.
* Gardner intercepted. Returned 27 yards for a TD.
* Wile punts 22 yards to Akron 33. Drives for TD.
To be fair, Akron was intercepted in end zone and ended game at goal line. Two potential scoring drives that were generated by their offense.
Gardner: 7 of 24 points. 29%
Wile: 10 of 24 points. 42%
Gardner 20 of 63 points. 32%
Wile: 16 of 63 points. 25%