Several former Wolverines had good weeks, but no game was more impressive than Aidan Hutchinson’s. In a 20-6 win over the Falcons last Sunday, Hutchinson made 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 additional tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 quarterback hit, 2 pass breakups, and 6 pressures.
WR Ronnie Bell (49ers): Bell caught 2 passes for 24 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown, his first career score. He also made 1 tackle on special teams. The 49ers beat the Giants, 30-12.
RUSH OFFENSE vs. NEBRASKA RUSH DEFENSE Mighty Michigan is #50 in rushing offense (167.75 yards/game) but tied at #32 in yards per carry (4.97). The numbers aren’t atrocious, but they’re not where we expected them to be, either. With three starters returning up front and a couple solid transfers incoming, we wanted to see more. There has been some shuffling with La’Darius Henderson, Karsen Barnhart, and Myles Hinton going in and out of the lineup at tackle. Blake Corum has 351 yards and 8 touchdowns on 6.05 yards/carry so far, but backup Donovan Edwards is off to a slow start with just 3.3 yards/carry and no touchdowns so far this year. Meanwhile, Nebraska has the #2 rushing defense (46.3 yards allowed/game) and is allowing 1.83 yards/carry, which is also #2. They have adopted a 3-3-5 defense under new head coach Matt Rhule, and that 3-3-5 gave Michigan some issues last year when TCU ran it. Junior safety Isaac Gifford (6’1″, 205 lbs.) leads the team with 23 tackles, followed by senior safety Omar Brown (6’1″, 200) with 22 and junior linebacker John Bullock (6’0″, 220) with 22 also. Those rushing defense numbers are even more impressive when considering that the Cornhuskers are pretty average in tackles for loss (#55 overall), led by junior nose tackle Nash Hutmacher (6’4″, 330) with 3.5 TFLs so far. The Huskers have been consistent this year, not allowing any team to average more than 2.19 yards/carry in any game this year. I think Michigan is going to have some tough sledding on the ground. Advantage: Nebraska
Michigan has only played Nebraska nine times throughout history and has a 5-4 record against the Cornhuskers. They first played in 1962, but then did not play again until the Fiesta Bowl at the end of the 1985 season. Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. Jim Harbaugh is 3-0 against the ‘Huskers.
Steve Breaston 69-yard kickoff return (2005)
Donovan Peoples-Jones 60-yard punt return TD (2018)
Dylan McCaffrey 56-yard TD pass to Ronnie Bell (2018)
Hassan Haskins 50-yard run (2021)
Cade McNamara 48-yard pass to Mike Sainristil (2021)
Denard Robinson 46-yard pass to Roy Roundtree (2011)
Karan Higdon 46-yard TD run (2018)
Karan Higdon 44-yard TD run (2018)
Denard Robinson 38-yard TD pass to Martavious Odoms (2011)
Cade McNamara 35-yard pass to Daylen Baldwin (2021)
Hit the jump for videos of Peoples-Jones, McCaffrey-to-Bell, and Haskins.