AP ranking: No. 4
Result: Defeated Central Florida, 51-14
Last week: No. 2
Up next: vs. Colorado (2-0)
On a day the Wolverines struggled to run the ball (just 119 yards on 41 carries for an average of 2.9 yards per rush), quarterback Wilton Speight effortlessly carried the offense in his second career start, throwing for 312 yards and four touchdowns on 25-for-37 passing. With the Knights often stacking the box with eight or nine players, Speight and Michigan adjusted with play-action fakes, spreading the ball around to 10 different receivers.
On defense, the Wolverines were spectacular against the pass, limiting UCF to just six completions for 56 yards. But the Knights amassed 275 yards rushing on 46 attempts for six yards a carry, including runs of 26, 34, 35 and 87 yards. Michigan seemed to have trouble at times containing dual-threat quarterbacks Justin Holman and Nick Patti, and the Wolverines will have their hands full this weekend in Colorado’s Sefo Liufau (522 yards passing, 120 yards rushing, four total touchdowns this season).
Oh, and Michigan deflected two punts and blocked two field goal attempts, which is more production from special teams than most teams in the Big Ten will have all season.