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Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Shea Patterson. Michigan took Patterson off the field a couple times to run a single wing type of look near the goal line. Michigan has been doing this the past few weeks with Zach Charbonnet and/or Hassan Haskins. I groan every time I see it because it’s so predictable. I’ll give you a hint: it’s not a pass. Michigan isn’t even running any motion with it to give the look of a jet sweep or power read. At least leave Patterson on the field to have the threat of motion or a double pass or something. Maybe this is just to put something in Ohio State’s mind to consider in a couple weeks, but right now it’s not doing much.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Dylan McCaffrey. I don’t know whose grand plan it was to put in McCaffrey for one play – a poorly designed and executed double pass – against Michigan State, but he threw the ball and promptly took a dirty blind-side shot from a dirty Michigan State player whose dirtiness is only surpassed by dirty dirt. Did I mention Michigan State is dirty? Yeah, let’s leave the recently concussed guy on the sideline for as long as possible to let his brain heal, instead of putting him in for a stupid play.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . nobody. The guys Michigan wants to put out there are the right guys.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Luiji Vilain. When Kwity Paye left the game for a short time, Vilain came in. And I liked Vilain as a recruit, but he still plays like a freshman as a third-year player. Obviously, you want young guys to get reps in blowout games, but I sure hope Paye stays healthy down the stretch.
Play of the game . . . Shea Patterson to Ronnie Bell before the half. On 3rd-and-3 Michigan ran a slot fade, which is a little bit of a gamble. Shea Patterson put the ball on Bell’s outside shoulder, so maybe it should have been a corner route on a smash concept. Regardless, Bell made a heck of an adjustment in the air to snag the ball and get up the sideline before getting pushed out of bounds. This led to a Michigan field goal and put Michigan up two scores going into the locker room.
MVP of the game . . . Shea Patterson and Ronnie Bell. It’s hard to separate the two. Both of them had career highs and the passing game was clicking. Patterson completed 24/33 passes for 384 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bell had 9 catches for 150 yards, and he also had a bunch of great blocks.
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