Sunday, October 22, 2017

Iowa at Michigan

Denard Robinson and Michigan face one of the best defenses in the nation when Iowa comes to town in Week 7.

Iowa offense vs. Michigan defense
• Iowa RB Adam Robinson faces a Michigan run defense vulnerable to cutback runs. Wolverine NT Mike Martin has above-average lateral mobility and excels at scraping down the line of scrimmage when teams run off-tackle, but MLB Obi Ezeh takes too many false steps and overruns plays to the outside. Robinson reads the flow of the defense and changes directions well and will cut up between the tackles when he sees Martin and Ezeh flowing outside. The key for Iowa will be sustaining backside blocks on perimeter runs. Martin is a tough interior run-stuffer with good strength for his size, but there are concerns about Michigan's short-yardage defense because Ezeh and WLB Jonas Mouton will let their legs go dead on tackles, and Robinson is a tough downhill runner, who can pick up yards after contact. Iowa won't necessarily have to get a body on Ezeh or Mouton to convert in short-yardage, freeing defenders to double-team Martin, who can stack and shed blockers in most one-on-one matchups.