Wow, they must be good. After all, three shutouts in a row, etc. But has anybody checked-in to see just exactly WHO they have been playing? YES I DID!
Since everybody is making their pre-game call on the showdown based on STATISTICS, I thought it was time to take a look. Easy to see Michigan listed near the top of the 127-team list for Total Defense, but a little more difficult to find the six teams they played in order to achieve that ranking. If you take a look at the Team Offense list for yourself, be sure to skip the top half of the rankings, as none of the six teams UM has played will be found up there.
Here are the six teams Michigan has faced this season, listed with the NCAA rank for "Total Offense", in order from worst to best:
119 - OREGON STATE
Two-thirds of UM's opponents are ranked
in the bottom-third of the NCAA in Total Offense.