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UMass vs. Michigan: Wolverines Will Find Salvation in Form of Minutemen

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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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 14, 2012

Michigan, ranked No. 8 in the nation coming into the season, got blown out by Alabama in Week 1 and barely beat Air Force last week.

Fortunately for the Wolverines, they can put a disappointing beginning behind them when they face UMass on Saturday.

That's because the Minutemen hardly stand their ground at the line. 

The Minutemen have allowed a combined 82 points in two games to start the season. They have scored a grand total of six points. This, against such formidable foes as Connecticut and Indiana.

Any questions?

UMass has allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 62.7 percent of their passes for 250 yards per game so far. The squad has also allowed five yards per carry while allowing six rushing touchdowns (tied for sixth-most in the FBS).

Quite frankly, UMass has one of the worst defenses in college football.

The run defense is what should really worry the Minutemen, given they will be facing Denard Robinson on Saturday, who rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries against Air Force. If they allowed Indiana sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson to rush for 114 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, just imagine what Robinson could do (yes, you heard that right, five carries).

In fact, the Minutemen are so deplorably bad this season, ESPN.com has ranked them as the worst team in the FBS. They have 323 yards of total offense so far. Robinson had 426 total yards against Air Force.

Michigan needs a game like this, to build confidence and momentum headed into its matchup with No. 20 Notre Dame next week. If the Wolverines are able to bounce back this season, they could look back at this game as the springboard that launched them.

 

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