This weekend, the Michigan football team can sit back, relax, and enjoy some well deserved (and needed) rest.
Michigan’s bye week couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in the season. After three straight losses that most people would assume would be Wolverine victories, the maize and blue finally got back on the winning track with a good home win against Penn State last Saturday night, 18-13.
Michigan’s next challenge will be possibly the hardest of the season against in-state rival Michigan State.
Michigan is going to need as much rest, physically and mentally, as possible if it wants a fighting chance against the Spartans, especially on defense.
Michigan State is fourth in the nation right now in points forced at 45.5 points per game on average and 45th in the nation in points against, only giving up 22.3 points per game on average.
Michigan State had a very early bye week this year and will not have another one, as some teams do have two bye weeks. Michigan State’s defense has still been pretty solid however. Since their bye week, they have given up an average of 20 points per game, which is usually more than enough leeway to give the Spartans on offense.
Michigan is going to have to play its very best if it wants a chance to beat the Spartans. This week of rest after a good win is exactly what this team needs at this point in the season.
Von Lozon is a contributor to TheBigHouseReport.com. Follow him on Twitter @VonLozon09.