Michigan Rolls By Florida 33-17: 3 Things That Matter
Michigan overcame problems to dominate Florida in a 33-17 win.
1. Michigan’s massive statement
From the two pick-sixes, to the brutally painful uniforms, it wasn’t always pretty, but it was a brutally effective performance by Michigan.
It won. That’s all that matters.
The 33-17 final score might make it seem like it was close, but the Wolverines owned the Gators on both sides of the ball with a far, far more physical performance.
The rebuilt defense couldn’t be run on – Michigan allowed just 11 yards on 27 carries – while the offense powered away for a tough 215 yards against a terrific Florida defense.
Outside of two bad Wilton Speight throws, Michigan did everything else right with an attack the twas almost perfectly balanced, a big 114-yard running day form Ty Isaac, and nice days from several of the new receiving parts.
Speight can’t go 11-of-25 in the bigger games, and he can’t make the same mistakes, but Michigan just beat Florida in a blowout.
For those who think this might just be a College Football Playoff sleeper – hand raised high – this was the performance that makes it seem possible.
2. Florida didn’t have any ideas
The offensive line was finally supposed to be a big positive … nope.
Feleipe Franks was expected to provide a difference-making spark … he was fine and wasn’t the problem, but nope.
Losing Antonio Callaway, Jordan Scarlett along with all the other suspensions wasn’t supposed to matter … nope.
Malik Zaire was going to step in and make something happen for the O … nope.
Michigan was quicker, more powerful, and tougher on defense than Florida was on offense – there wasn’t anything happening if the Gator D wasn’t scoring.
Florida converted just 2-of-13 third down chances, turned it over three times, and came up with just nine first downs.
If Jim McElwain didn’t have the horses, that’s on him to get them. With the pieces he did have in place – even with the suspensions – he and his staff had a long, long time to come up with a few ideas.
But Michigan was just better.
3. Okay, now what?
Assuming Florida gets back the key parts, there’s a week to get this thing right. There actually were some positives.
Franks really was fine, but he didn’t have anyone to work with and he wasn’t decisive in his first start.
The secondary was solid, and despite losing the overall battle, the front seven wasn’t awful. The Gator D wasn’t great when it needed to dominate the day, but not everyone is Michigan.
With Northern Colorado up next, there’s a week to figure it all out before dealing with Tennessee, but again, the offense needs to come up with something else. It needs to find something it can do well after this.
Michigan gets Cincinnati before having to deal with the Air Force cut-blocking scheme, and then comes the run with three road games in four dates. However, the secondary that wasn’t tested this week will get tested at Purdue and Indiana.
But for now, this is the performance and the game the Wolverines dreamed of – nightmare uniforms and those two picks aside.