What We Learned From Michigan's 33-17 Win Over Florida

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The marquee college football game on Saturday afternoon is a contest between the 17th ranked Florida Gators and the 11th ranked Michigan Wolverines. Franks was replaced Saturday primarily to give a different look for Michigan's defense, not because of his performance. He's got to beat Ohio State so that being said he needs to find a way. Then they did something about it. "That added some fuel to the fire". They may not be ranked as high, but this is a better MI team than the one we saw in 2016.

It'd be easy for MI to get confident.

The Wolverines finished with 433 yards and outscored Florida 20-0 in the second half. Gary and Winovich collapsed the pocket. They scored another touchdown, this one on the ground. They're young, but they're not slow.

On Florida's next possession, Franks scrambled on third down, was hit by Josh Metellus and Lawrence Marshall recovered. "I'm as fast as anybody".

MI coach John Harbaugh refuses to make his decision known, but it's between redshirt senior Wilton Speight and sixth-year senior John O'Korn.

Florida's Duke Dawson went 48 yards after catching a deflected ball that intended receiver Kekoa Crawford could barely get his fingers on.

Highlights of the second half includes MI getting back in the groove with a three-yard TD run from Karan Higdon, followed by back-to-back field goals from Nordin, who made a school history with two 50-plus field goals in a single game - including a 50-yard FG in the third. The team lost seven starters on offense and 10 on defense.

Photo Michigan's Karan Higdon (22) scoring against Florida in the third quarter on Saturday. Saturday's performance against MI wasn't just bad; it might be the offensive low point of head coach Jim McElwain's tenure. Mix in four field goals from Quinn Nordin (including a school record with two of 50 yards or more) and you have a true team effort. Sure, one game doesn't make a season, but the MI defense looked awfully good this afternoon against the Gators. U-M regained the lead for good and Speight stayed under center the rest of the way. The game was mostly a blowout with the exception of two pick-sixes thrown by Wilton Speight.

But things only got worse. "I think we have a chance to grow and I believe we will". "And we never had an answer".

2014 vs. Penn StateMichigan kicker Matt Wile celebrates a field goal against Penn State in 2014. But none of it mattered.

Florida's defense is still good.

Epstein then plowed in from the 1 with 2:06 left. Furbush fell on it.

"We ain't going to take nothing from nobody", said inside linebacker Devin Bush Jr., who had 7 tackles (3 for a loss) and 2 sacks in his first career start.

By the fourth quarter of Saturday's game, it seemed nearly puzzling that Florida didn't turn to its third quarterback of the day, Del Rio. The team's new-look offensive line - featuring right tackle Nolan Ulizio - paved the way for 215 rushing yards (111 by Ty Isaac) on 49 attempts. Speight completed 11 of 25 passes for 181 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Black had two catches for 83 yards and a score.

Next up: MI will face the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Big House on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Noon.

"The message, it's irrelevant what the age is", Harbaugh said. MI has designs on a national championship in Harbaugh's third season, and the man who helped develop Andrew Luck, Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick will need Speight to step up. "We're very proud of that".

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