I know it is only two games into the college football season, but I think we all can agree that Michigan is lucky to be 1-1. The game against Alabama was a disaster and the game against Air Force was almost one as well. The offense looked good (meaning Denard) but in the end, the defense was still shaky at best. The Wolverines did pull out the victory 31-25, but in the grand scheme of things, Michigan must quickly improve defensively if they want to compete in the Big Ten this year.
They still have some time in the non-conference to try to figure it out but the Big Ten season is rapidly approaching. The Wolverines will not have the easiest Big Ten schedule and will have a tough time winning if they play the way they have. They have to play Michigan State in Ann Arbor and Ohio State in Columbus this year, which will be two very tough games. I know they lost a lot from last year’s defensive line so it will take some new talent to step up for them. I think Brady Hoke is aware of this problem as well and he will try to fix it as much as he can. However, in the end, it’s up to the players to realize that it will take better execution up front in order to compete with the big boys.
I am not sure on what to do or how to fix the defense but I just know it all starts in the trenches. The Wolverines were pretty strong on the D-line last year and I believe that’s why they surprised people and won 11 football games. If Michigan wants to be anywhere near 11 games again, they have to step it up defensively because all know Denard Robinson can run/score against the Big Ten.