Michigan’s Dominance: The Art of Being the Bully
In a resounding display of power and precision, the Michigan Wolverines asserted their dominance with a commanding 52-7 victory over Indiana. Linebacker Michael Barrett, asked about the Wolverines’ relentless winning streak this season, had a powerful response that echoed their mindset: “We’re in the ass-kicking business, and business is booming.”
Unleashing the Bullies: Michigan’s Relentless Drive to Dominate
Michael Barrett’s emphatic words mirror Michigan’s on-field performance, where the defense has yet to concede an opposing offense snap inside their 10-yard line in the first six games of the season. Against Indiana, they initially allowed 133 yards in the first quarter, but then tightened their grip, permitting just 100 yards for the remainder of the game.
Barrett emphasized the team’s evolving identity and their unwavering commitment to their four pillars, particularly in defense. Block destruction, communication, and daily improvement are their guiding principles, leading to their formidable defensive record.
Michigan’s defense boasts one of the most impressive stats in college football, having allowed a mere five touchdowns all season, tied for the fewest among all FBS teams. FOX commentator Joel Klatt likened their style of play to a Boa constrictor, applying relentless pressure on opponents until they succumb.
Safety Keon Sabb described the gradual erosion of the opponent’s passion as the game unfolds, akin to acting as Boa constrictors that maintain pressure until the final whistle.
Barrett relishes the moment when the opponent’s spirit wanes, and they resign themselves to defeat, saying, “Watching their hopes slowly go away is my favorite feeling.”
Michigan’s success this season is not limited to their defense. Their balanced performance on both sides of the ball is what sets them apart. They are only the fourth team since 1936 to score 30 or more points while holding opponents to 10 or fewer points in seven consecutive games.
Running back Blake Corum has been a standout, entering the Indiana game tied for the most rushing touchdowns among all FBS backs with 10. After scoring two more against the Hoosiers, Corum moved up to third place on Michigan’s all-time career rushing touchdowns list.
However, the real catalyst for their potent offense this season has been quarterback J.J. McCarthy. His remarkable accuracy and ability to score in any situation have been pivotal. McCarthy’s performance has earned him the admiration of Coach Jim Harbaugh, who referred to him as a “once in a generation” quarterback.
With McCarthy leading the way, Harbaugh and the team exude confidence. They believe they control their destiny this season, with their sights set on the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoff.
The Wolverines’ commitment to dominating every aspect of the game and their unwavering belief in their abilities make them a formidable force to reckon with in college football. They are indeed in the business of being the bully, and business is undeniably booming.
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