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A DEEPER LOOK INTO STRENGTH OF MICHIGAN FOOTBALL OPPONENTS (by MSUSpartan76)
Thanks to SpartanMan82 for getting the ball rolling on the analysis of Michigan's opposition thus far this season. We can all see their "Team Defense" ranks at the top of the list, but that data-point is for yards-gained, not points-scored. Yards-gained do not win games. Points-scored win games. So let's look at the UM opponents listed by national rank in "Scoring Offense":
Michigan State ranks #56 nationally in Scoring Offense, meaning the Spartans are statistically better than any team that UM has played thus far this season. The median national ranking for the UM opponents this season is #87.
Michigan State ranks #42 nationally in Scoring Defense, meaning the Spartans are statistically better than any team that UM has played thus far this season. The median national ranking for the UM opponents this season is #71.
Further, if we take a microscope to Utah, the only team to beat Michigan this year, we find:
The difference in scoring offense between Utah and MSU is just under 7 points per game.
The difference in scoring defense between Utah and MSU is less that 2 points per game.
The team most similar to MSU on the UM schedule
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the team that defeated Michigan.
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