Michigan Football: Biggest Concerns for Wolverines After Slow Start

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 9, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a third quarter touchdown while playing the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Denard Robinson went NCAA Football 13 on the Air Force Falcons Saturday to power Michigan to a 31-25 win at home. However, that still doesn't mask the issues that have been exposed through two games this season.

The Wolverines had lofty expectations in the preseason, but after being blown off the field against Alabama, and narrowly escaping an upset against Air Force, it is clear the team was overrated.

There are three major areas of concern for Michigan through two games.


Run Defense

Alabama has a dominant run game. They have three running backs and offensive lineman that will likely have NFL careers. Although the 335 yards they racked up against the Wolverines is nasty, it could almost be overlooked.

The fact that the Wolverines subsequently allowed 290 yards on the ground to the Falcons confirms there is an issue.

The defense on a whole was supposed to be a strength this season, but there is no way Michigan can be elite allowing over 300 yards per game on the ground.



Michigan limited their turnover number to one against Air Force, but that was an interception by Robinson. It is hard to pick on a guy that accounted for 426 total yards, but he did throw two picks against Alabama as well.

He has three touchdowns and three picks through two games. That isn't the type of production the Wolverines need from their senior quarterback, and best player.



The Wolverines have been undisciplined this year as well. They have racked up 13 penalties for 144 yards through two games. If you aren't stopping the run, and you're turning the ball over twice a game, you can ill-afford over 70 yards of penalties per game.

Taking a closer look at the numbers, the Wolverines are fortunate to be 1-1. Brady Hoke must work to get these areas addressed before his team goes into conference play.

Without improvement this could be a very disappointing season in Ann Arbor.


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