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Michigan has red-zone concern heading into Big Ten play; the defense must shift focus from run to pass

Kevin Goheen

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In the red  

Michigan is 3-0 heading into the start of Big Ten play but one area of concern and heavy discussion is the offense’s poor play in the red zone. The Wolverines have converted just one of their 10 red-zone possessions into a touchdown.

Good thing redshirt freshman kicker Quinn Nordin has been very good

In the polls  

Michigan lost a spot in the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll, as well as in the Land of 10 Power Poll, but don’t fret. The Wolverines are still well-regarded.   

Search for the offense’s identity   

Nick Baumgardner of the Free Press writes that Michigan is still seeking its offensive identity. Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News says winning in dazzling style isn’t mandated, but at some point the offense has to be better.

All in the (Michigan) family  

Aidan Hutchinson is a Michigan legacy, but his parents let him make the call on his college choice.  

Changing gears  

Big Ten play begins this week. Michigan’s defense has to switch focus from Air Force’s option game to Purdue’s suddenly potent passing attack under new coach Jeff Brohm. 

Breakout for DPJ  

Freshman wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones hasn’t been in college football long enough to need to make a comeback, but he had a good one on Saturday. 

Loving thy enemy  

Can there be love between a Wolverines fan and a Buckeyes fan? Apparently so.  

Jourdan Lewis gets first pick

Former Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis made his NFL debut Sunday in the Dallas Cowboys loss to the Broncos in Denver. He had a tough time with veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders but persevered and got his first career interception.

Soccer teams split  

The soccer teams held a doubleheader at home on Sunday. While the No. 18 men’s team lost 1-0 to No. 6 Michigan State, the women’s team got a 2-1 win over Indiana.

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