Takeaways from Michigan Football's win over Florida

Takeaways from Michigan Football's win over Florida

2011 Under The Lights vs. Notre DameWolverines quarterback Denard Robinson looks for a receiver against Notre Dame in 2011. Alas, that was Florida's best and longest offensive play.

"Coach Harbaugh talked to me at halftime and said this: 'Your next move is crucial, '" Speight said. With only one starter to replace, many expected that Florida would have an improved, cohesive unit up front. Without the two errant throws, MI emerges from Jerry World with a mediocre quarterback performance, a dominant running game, and a stifling defense.

"They physically took it to us", Florida coach Jim McElwain said.

"Their guys were bigger and stronger", he added. Florida has a very solid defensive line which can dominate the line of scrimmage and make life hard for the MI offense. The Gators had 46 total yards to Michigan's 133. "But when you play teams like Florida State or Alabama, you can really see who you are".

Harbaugh came up short in his first two meetings with Ohio State, and if he isn't able to knock off the Buckeyes again this year former MI running back Jamie Morris says he belongs on the hot seat.

Last season, Florida football averaged 344.0 total yards, 215.8 in passing and 128.2 in rushing per game. Florida was without its leading receiver and running back, suspended with eight teammates.

MI largely won in spite of Speight, as he completed 11 of 25 passes for 181 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns by Florida in the second quarter on back-to-back drives.

The mistake-prone Cardinals' snapped a three-game losing streak.

The lack of playmakers showed on offense for the Gators, as their quarterbacks were unable to sustain drives throughout the game. It did not, as the Gators failed to cut into the UM lead. But if the Gators are going to win a third-straight SEC title, the offense has to be competent at times.

In the end, all the secretiveness about the MI roster and who would be the quarterback didn't matter.

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MI was the higher-ranked team and the betting favorite, so it was not surprising that they beat Florida.

"Well, as competitors it's next man up", McElwain said.

"It's definitely not easy - especially in my case rehabbing for 7 1/2 months for this game", he said. "And yet, it's not time to hit the panic button". I like the communication where we are with our football team on the field, communicating calls, and I like their understanding of what we're doing schematically. "We'll come back and do the right thing and be OK".

McElwain obviously is big reason why many fans feel the need to panic.

Situation: Trailing 23-17 early in the third quarter, UF faced third-and-4 from its own 31. It is also worrisome that a position group he spent months bragging on - the offensive line - was manhandled by MI from start to finish.

Ty Isaac rushed for 114 yards for the Wolverines (1-0) and Quinn Nordin kicked four field goals, including two from 50 or more yards. "He was playing in CT in front of 50 people past year". Sharpe was talented, but he didn't block SEC defensive lines all by himself. - DE Jordan Sherit, among the UF veterans around when MI also humiliated the Gators 41-7 in the Citrus Bowl following the '15 season.

It is completely reasonable to criticize McElwain for Saturday's performance and adjust season expectations. Florida vs MI football tv channel is on ABC, live stream is on WatchESPN.

So, the first MI game ball of 2017 goes to Ambry Thomas as his forced fumble and recovery ended up giving the game to MI for good.

Other than that, the redshirt freshman was adequate in his first start.

Saturday, in front of 75,802 in attendance at AT&T Stadium, Black hauled in a 46-yard bomb to put MI ahead early. McElwain said the coaches thought about bringing in Luke Del Rio, but chose to stay with Zaire. With him gone, one of the new faces will have to step up and make several game changing plays. The confidence issue, however, could come the following Saturday against Tennessee. It was Davis' only carry. Most notably to be absent are wide receiver Antonio Calloway and running back Jordan Scarlett.

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