Although I will admit that I am getting sick of the bashing on UM's defense, the next two weeks against UMASS and BG will tell us a lot about this unit. I think they have been pretty solid against the run but have suffered some key coverage breakdowns as well as moments of really poor tackling. Going into this 2-week period, it is going to be key to see improvement from the secondary and tackling as a team.
I've been pretty pleased with the fact that no one has run the ball on us. We've given up three big plays in two weeks (the juggling catch vs. UConn and both long TD passes vs. ND). That's better than last year. The next two opponents bring spread offenses in here. That should be good as our defense is familiar with those types of sets. I would emphasize here that it is really important for UM to get pressure of the QB as well as reduce the number of blown coverages.
I really like this defense. But it is very young and have not expected them to be world beaters. Our offense is what it is but our defense is going to determine how far we go. They don't have to shut people out but they do need to make people earn what they are getting.