Getting To Know Michigan’s Opponent: Utah Utes

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This Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines will look to keep their winning ways going with a home game against the Utah Utes. Here is how the Utes have done so far this season.

With a bye week last week, the Utes sit at 2-0 heading into The Big House this weekend. Their two games played were both home blowout wins. Their first game against Idaho State was quite the walk through the park. They easily won that match 56-14. The second din’t prove to be much different, with Utah winning 59-27.

The Utes are led by quarterback Travis Wilson, who had 265 yards and a touchdown against Idaho State in Week 1. Utah also managed to use more than one quarterback, however. They also put in Kendall Thompson, who had 69 yards passing, and Brandon Cox, who completed all 3 of his pass attempts.

Utah is a very explosive offensive team. The run game is what their offense strives off of. With their slew of running backs, Michigan’s front seven is going to have to step it up big time and not give up any huge plays. Utah’s primary rusher, Bubba Poole, didn’t have a huge impact in Week 1 but did manage to get a touchdown in the process. The real threat was Devontae Booker. He hasn’t had much starting time at Utah but during that game, he managed to get 79 yards and two rushing touchdowns, along with a catch for 61 yards.

Their 2nd game of the year was also home and against Fresno State. This was a blowout with the final score being 59-27. In the first quarter, the Utes held the Bulldogs to just 4 yards of offense. This shouldn’t be a surprising statistic for the Fresno State Bulldogs due to their 112th-ranked rushing attack and 77th-ranked overall passing game in the nation. Their game against Utah was actually their best offensive game of the year. They only scored 13 points on USC and 19 points on Nebraska.

In this game, the ground attack wasn’t nearly as prominent as the passing game, with Travis Wilson throwing five touchdowns on the game. He connected with junior wide receiver Kenneth Scott on two of those five touchdowns. Scott also finished with 77 yards on the day with a long of 36. Dres Anderson, a senior wide receiver, also had two receiving touchdowns and finished the day with 84 yards and a long of 41.

The Utes have proven that their offense is one you don’t want to mess around with. They are very Oregon-esque and will be a force to reckon with come Saturday. The Wolverines are going to have to stay as composed as possible if they want to come out winners this weekend. With Devin Funchess still being a big question mark for the Wolverines offense, they may have to rely on sophomore receiver Amara Darboh, as well as the running game like they did last week against Miami (OH).

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Von Lozon
Assistant Manager at TBHR. Senior at Central Michigan University double majoring in Broadcasting and Journalism. U of M fan since birth. Loud guitar and all Michigan sports are my passions in life. Follow me on Twitter @von_lozon

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