But what about this one…? Maryland.
Dontay Demus Jr., Rakim Jarrett, Jeshaun Jones and Jacob Copeland form one of the most talented and profound collection of groups not only in Big Ten, but across the whole country. That group will make a full appearance this weekend when the Terrapins head to Ann Arbor for 4th place Michigan Wolverines (12 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app).
“[Michigan is] will face a team this week in Maryland that will put pressure on their middle school,” said university football analyst FOX Sports Joel Klatt speak. “Maryland has one of the best receiver cores in all of college football, and it goes a lot into the spotlight.”
Klatt explains why he’s excited to see how the werewolves deal with adversity in their first real test of the season on the latest episode of his new podcast,”The Joel Klatt Program.“
“As a team, you don’t know what you will become until you face adversity,” says Klatt. “The biggest question mark I have for Michigan going into this game is their defense.”
Uncertainty could happen… Maryland vs. Michigan
Joel Klatt explains why it is believed Michigan’s defenses will be tested by Maryland’s offense on Saturday.
The Wolverines have hosted fouls with just 17 aggregate points in the first three weeks of the season, but they haven’t faced any opponents close to Maryland’s talent level.
Maryland, on the other hand, sports a perfect 3-0 while trailing the competition by averaging 21 points per game.
Young midfielder Taulia Tagovailoa performed stellarly over three games, leading the Big Ten in completion rate (77.3%), while also finishing in the top four in the conference for passes (895), touches (six ) and efficiency (180.7).
A wide recording quartet of Demus, Jarrett, Jones and Copeland combined to make 34 tackles from 527 yards and five points across three games.
“I’m sure that [Michigan’s] The defense will be put in a position where they feel pressure and tension for the first time this year, and I can’t wait to see that happen,” said Klatt. They don’t have the individual passing passes they had last year. “
Michigan lost both Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo arrive NFL and was challenged to find a core group that could help make up for that lost output. Five different players, including the former five-star featured Eyabi Anoma – who started his college career at Alabama – has scored once fired this season, leading the team.
Hutchinson, second overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft for Detroit Liona total of 4.5 bags in the team’s first three games last season.
“They feel like they have a good core and can replace the manufacturing process,” Klatt said of the Wolverines passers. “But the real questions remain on the defensive side.”
One of the questions surrounding the safety of Michigan Mike Sainristil, who has played just three games defensively at the college level since making the switch from wide receiver during the season. The forward scored the team’s first goal of the season in the opener against Colorado State and finished second on the team with two tackles to lose. He’ll play a big role in how this Michigan defense handles Maryland’s impressive pass catcher group.
Klatt said of Sainristil: “I can’t wait to meet him because it will be stressful and real pressure.
“For the first time in this season, who will we see [Michigan] actually. “
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