Really cool article that features some of our opponents' anonymous responses to questions about Michigan's defense. They're very homogenous/consistent responses. An interesting read for those with Rivals subscriptions.
|Rank||Team||G||Opp Pass Att||Opp Comp||Opp Comp Pct||Opp Pass Yds/Comp||Int||Opp Int Pct||Opp Pass Yds||Opp Pass Yds/Att||Opp Pass TD||Opp Pass Yds/G||Opp Pass Conv|
I knew our defense was good, but I didn't think we would be tied for the best pass D in the nation. I think this has to do a lot with Mattison/Mallory and also BIG TENNNNNNN. I was nervous about our pass D after Countess went out, but Taylor has really stepped up and is a pleasant surprise.
Gibson minus all the points.
I don't know how to format this chart to make it fit. Sorry for blocking the diary section.
If defense still wins Big Ten championships, then after 7 games Michigan isn't doing too shabby. One might consider their strength of schedule this year, with Alabama (8-0), Notre Dame (7-0) and MSU in the rear view, which ESPN earlier cited as being 5th toughest in the land.
Big Ten DEFENSE:
Yards Per Game: 2nd, 286 ypg
Points Per Game: 3rd, 16.4 ypg
Passing Yrds: 1st, 1,001 yards
Rushing Yrds: 6th, 1,001 yards (weird that it exactly matches passing yards after 7 games!)
Interceptions: Tied for 3rd with 6
Sacks: 6th, 9 sacks
This is a snapshot, but one might also expect the rushing defense stats to worsen with 3 of the best Big Ten rushing offenses in Nebraska, Ohio State and Northwestern still ahead on the schedule.