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College Football News Preview 2021: Michigan Season Preview, Prediction, and Outlook with What You Need to Know.

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– What you need to know: insult | defense
– Top players | Key to the season
– What happens, you win the overall forecast
– Michigan timetable analysis
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Record for 2020: 2-4 overall, 2-4 in Big Ten
Head coach: Jim Harbaugh, 7th year, 49-22 (78-43 total)
CFN final ranking 2020: 54
CFN Preview Ranking 2020: 10
CFN final ranking 2019: 26

Michigan Wolverines College Football Preview 2021: Offense

– The O just couldn’t find a groove. It was one of the strangest aspects of the Jim Harbaugh era that the guy who stepped up as the brilliant quarterback coach was unable to dominate his passing game – more on that in Keys To The Season – and last year everything stuttered and coughed.

The passing attack wasn’t terrible – it averaged 250 yards per game – but it wasn’t constant, the O as a whole averaged only 382 yards and 28 points per game, and there wasn’t enough constant production. It couldn’t move the chains, couldn’t control the clock, and sometimes it just stopped.

However …

– The offensive line was a plus. Michigan led the Big Ten with the fewest tackles for loss per game, and pass protection was more than good enough.

In some configurations, four starters are expected back. There weren’t any top Allstars in the bunch – OT Andrew Stueber received an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten – but that will change this time around. There’s enough depth and versatility to play around with the first five.

Zach Charbonnet went to UCLA, but the 220-pound senior Hassan Haskins was the best back in the group, averaging over six yards per carry on six touchdowns. The floor play should have heavy rotation with Blake Corum talented enough to get the ball more in a number of ways.

And then there is …

– The quarterback situation. Harbaugh has yet to get this all right, but once again there are a number of talented options out there ready to give it a try.

Joe Milton is now a volunteer in Tennessee, and Dylan McCaffrey has long gone to northern Colorado. With that, Cade McNamara remains the captain after hitting 61% of his passes for 425 yards and five touchdowns.

However, since it’s Michigan and it’s always complicated, Alan Bowman comes from Texas Tech. He’s the trigger man who can make the passing game work … when he’s healthy. At Lubbock, his theme was staying in one piece, but when the guy who got 67% of his throws for well over 5,000 yards and 33 touchdowns in three seasons lights up at fall camp, it’ll be fun.

The recipients are fine. They’re experienced – three of the top 4 wideouts are returning, losing only 15 catcher Giles Jackson to the transfer portal – and they were able to make a big difference when the quarterbacks actually got them the ball. Ronnie Bell and Cornelius Johnson averaged over 15 yards per grapple.

– What You Need To Know: Defense
– Top players | Key to the season
– What happens, you win the overall forecast
– Michigan timetable analysis

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