Michigan Football: By the Numerals

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Two weeks, two blowouts and a bunch of numerals to pick from.

Minus the rain, Michigan Stadium was a blast last weekend. The Wolverines weren’t as impressive as the game prior, but the squad did more than enough to secure an impressive win.

I’m taking this weekend off from visiting Ann Arbor as I’ll be headed to the thumb (Still trying to locate a TV that has BTN in the boonies). This week, as I take a look Michigan Football by the numbers, I want to focus on just four that stick out.


CFB Playoff contender? According to the polls, yes! Michigan jumped a spot in this week’s AP Top 25. Clemson, who struggled mightily against Troy, yet won the game, dropped back three spots allowing the Wolverines to move up. I expect Michigan to beat Colorado, who received a couple of Top 25 votes this week. However, I’d be curious to see what movement could happen after a weekend full of great games. Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State all have tough match-ups, leaving plenty of opportunity for Michigan to move up if the Wolverines can take care of business.


Wilton Speight looks great through two weeks. So great, he’s even tied the record for most touchdown passes in a two game season-opening span. Two games, seven touchdowns. Only John Navarre did that. Navarre, who was a freshman at the time, only threw one more touchdown that year (Drew Henson tossed 16 TD passes in 2000). He did, however, finish with 70 touchdown passes in his career. A number that is seventh (ironic) best in the Big Ten. BTW, Remember this?

Let’s put the double pass back in the playbook!



Butt + Chesson +Darboh = Impossible to contain all at once. The three combined for 281 yards and four touchdowns in week two. That’s absolutely striking. Life for Wilton Speight is pretty gravy. He’s got three of the best in the game, on one team. Happy passing, Speight!



Sticking with the receiving core theme, both Jake Butt and Amara Darboh have now caught 100 passes in their respective careers. It’s an impressive number, and the two have plenty of season left to tack on more.



Numbers are fun. Stay tuned for more from “By the Numerals” next week.

As always, Go Blue.

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.