CHAMPAIGN — Nick Eubanks didn’t have to break stride as Shea Patterson’s pass floated towards the back of the end zone and into his arms.
The only celebration necessary was a pair of chest thumps and a quick point to the sky, honoring his late mother. The groan from the Illinois fans was virtually non-existent. In the equal portion of the crowd donning maize and blue, cheers were similarly subdued.
And yet, football season is 12 games, so you’ll be watching anyway, eager to see whether the Wolverines win by 20 or 30.
And when you do, you’ll want something to keep your interest after Michigan goes up multiple scores. The Daily breaks down what to watch for:
Josh Gattis came in with a plan to revolutionize Michigan’s offense and bring it into the modern era of college football. Through five games, the unit is down 51.7 yards and 7.2 points per game from a season ago, when it was roundly criticized as antiquated and inefficient.
Flip a few of those names around and you have the same eulogies currently being written about the 2019 Wolverines. Attribute McSorley’s quote to Jim Harbaugh or Shea Patterson after Michigan’s 35-14 loss to Wisconsin two weeks ago and no one would bat an eye.
There’s a kicker, though.
Three months later, McSorley stood on a podium in Lucas Oil Stadium, draped in confetti, triumphantly raising the Big Ten championship trophy over his head.
Any bounce back the Wolverines provided against Rutgers was always going to be shrouded in the caveat of the opponent. While Wisconsin features one of the nation’s best offensive lines, Rutgers was always going to be overmatched by Michigan’s athleticism. Still, dominating Rutgers beats the alternative.