Sunday, December 30, 2012
Keys to victory for Michigan against South Carolina
Mix it up with Denard – In the loss to
became far too
predictable on offense when Denard Robinson was on the field. The Wolverines
didn’t have Robinson throw a single pass, which allowed the Buckeyes to stack
the box when he was on the field. If Robinson is going to take any snaps at
quarterback, he has to make a few throws throughout the game to keep the Ohio State,
Michigan South Carolina defense
is much more likely to break a big play if the Gamecocks have to respect that
Robinson could run or throw each time he touches the ball.
Keep Devin/Denard clean – The
Michigan offensive line will
be tested by an impressive front line for the South Carolina defense. If Michigan is going to be able to move the
ball, the offensive line has to win the line of scrimmage and keep Devin
Gardner and Denard Robinson from being sacked. The Gamecocks have an impressive
40 sacks this season, led by stud sophomore defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney,
who has 13. If South Carolina is able to
consistently get into the backfield, it is going to be a long day for the Michigan quarterbacks
and the Wolverine fans.
Create turnovers – This
defense is good. The Gamecocks are only giving up 17.4 points and 312 yards per
game, and that is with a SEC schedule. Michigan
probably isn’t going to find a lot of consistent success on offense. The
Wolverines can’t expect to drive the field 80 yards each time it needs a score.
That means the Michigan
defense will need to find a way to create turnovers. South Carolina has been pretty good at not
turning the ball over, as it has just 19 for the season. Michigan also hasn’t been great at creating
turnovers, as the Wolverines have only 17 for the year. But Michigan
has to find a way to make South
Carolina cough the ball up, especially when the
Gamecocks are in their territory. One key turnover could decide this game.