Jim Harbaugh is excited after the 45-14 blast of football from Michigan to Notre Dame on Saturday, October 26, 2019, in Ann Arbor.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press

Here's a look at what we learned in Michigan football a 45-14 victory over No. 7 Notre Dame, and what to expect in the next UM game in Maryland: [19659004] 3 Things We Learned

Bounce: The UM season took a serious hit with its second conference loss to Penn State last week. Subsequently, the Wolverines expressed confidence in their ability to react – and supported that with a 31-point victory over the top 10 teams. U-M has put together its most complete performance of the season and controls the game from start to finish. It was a spectacular turnaround after last week's devastating loss.

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The attack steps forward: Notre Dame's defense is not the best unit Michigan will face this season, but it's still solid – and the werewolves lined up above him. U-M controls the line of battle and surpasses the fighting Irish, 303-47. Later, when the rain subsided, the insult even found success. It was an interesting mix of concepts that the U-M performance game used (with success) last season with new elements added this offseason by offensive coordinator Josh Gatis. And an encouraging step forward for a unit that was uneven in the first half of the season.


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The defense stands high: Notre The crime of Dame performed at elite levels this season, though time was a great obstacle , Michigan's defense did well in neutralizing the Irish. The previous seven won battles against a good offensive line, excluding the running game, and the pass and pass mix (together with rain) closed the passing game. Quarterback Ian Book completed just 8 of 25 passes for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Stock Clock: Offensive Line, Cam McGrone Ascending; nobody treats down

Next: Maryland

Match: No. 15 Michigan (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) in Maryland (3-5, 1-4). [19659016] Kickoff: Saturday at noon, Capital One Field, College Park, Maryland.

TV / Radio: ABC; WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).

Ed: TBA.

Guess the Enemy: Mike Locksley's era began with a promising start as Maryland won its first two games – including a win over then-No. 21 Syracuse – with a combined score of 142-20. Then things rushed down. The Terrapins are 1-5 since then, with a 59-0 loss to Penn, a 40-14 loss to Purdue and – most recently, a 52-10 loss to Minnesota. Crime is fighting; Josh Jackson missed two games and played sparingly against the Golden Goffers on Saturday. Running backs Anthony McFarland (5.0 yards per carry) and Jevan Leak (8.2) on seven rushing sensors. The defense also has several solid individual figures, including linebacker Kiandre Jones, who transferred from Ohio. He has a team-best 10 tackles for loss and six sacks.

3 Things to Watch

Continuous Improvement: Jim Harbaugh has one saying: do something once and that means it happens, two can be a trend, and three is a habit. On this basis, the Wolverines can establish a habit of playing well in Maryland. Michigan has played quality football for the last six quarters, easily the best of the season. If he could do it one more time on the road, it would herald good things – and it would also mean that the Werewolves avoid falling out of the way after Saturday's victory.

Michigan Werewolves warm up before a rally against Notre Dame, Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Michigan's Ann Arbor Stadium. (Photo: Kirtmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

The Situation of Mexico: Who Will Begin? That's the big question. Jackson coped with a high ankle, losing two games before playing briefly against Minnesota on Saturday; he tried only two passes. Tyrrell Pigrome got the start and struggled, completing 6 of 9 passes for 43 yards and two runs. Tyler De Sue's third string wasn't much better, though there was one push; he completed just 4 of 12 passes for 88 yards. Jackson, former star of Ann Arbor Huron and Solin, son of former U-M team coach Fred Jackson, is a transfer from Virginia Tech. He has the best stats of any Maryland quarterback, though he may be fickle. He completed 51.1% of his passes for 968 yards, 10 scores and four picks.

Locksley-Gatis tension: Interesting side story: The war of the words of Locksley and Gatis earlier this season. The two trained together last season in Alabama, where Locksley was the team's offensive coordinator, while Gatis was the receiver's coordinator and coach. Initially, Locksley planned to hire Gatis as his OK in Maryland; then Michigan called. The two got into a bit of a fight this summer, which began on Big Ten media days when Locksley said Gatis "has the opportunity to see me call every game and make plans for the game." In the end, Gatis returned, Locksley fired again, and it was over. It will be interesting to see if this gets into any part of Saturday's game.

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Hassan Haskins, Shea Patterson and Josh Metelius of Michigan discuss a 45-14 hole win over Notre Dame, October 26, 2019.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press