Warranted or not, Michigan's defense will enter Saturday's game against Wisconsin with a high confidence level. "I really feel like the swagger is getting there," stated Michigan senior nose tackle Adam Patterson. Cornerback James Rogers echoed that sentiment: "The defense lately . . . our swagger . . . I think this is perfect." Whether or not the Wolverines are playing with a swagger, Jeff Potrykus of the Journal-Sentinel says that the numbers indicate the Badgers offense will have a decided advantage when they enter the red zone. Cue the statistics:
The Badgers lead the nation in touchdown percentage in the red zone at 81.1% (43 of 53). The success rate is even higher in league play, with 25 touchdowns in 28 trips into the red zone (89.3%).
Michigan is sixth in the league in red-zone defense. Opponents have scored on 35 of 40 trips (87.5%). Opponents have scored 27 touchdowns in the 40 trips (67.5%). Only Purdue (28) and Minnesota (31) have allowed more red-zone touchdowns.
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Are you afraid of Michigan's new-found swagger on defense?
I don't like that Michigan's D has confidence after the Purdue W. (19 votes)
What a deluded bunch, we're going to steamroll them. (60 votes)
They aren't good, but our offense will inexplicably struggle. (18 votes)
We should be talking about Michigan's fearsome offense. (47 votes)
They can have swagger, we'll take our discipline. (40 votes)
184 total votes