If Michigan wants to repeat last season’s success, which included the program’s first trip to the College Football Playoff, the Wolverines will need to take care of business against a Hawaii team that has already sustained two lopsided losses.
Hawaii’s pass game against Michigan’s defense. Timmy Chang threw for 17,072 yards and 117 touchdowns for Hawaii between 2000-2004, and he’s looking to implement the same kind of high-tempo attack now that he’s taken over as coach. Quarterbacks Brayden Schager and Joey Yellen threw for 516 yards in the first two games, but have five interceptions without a touchdown. The Wolverines held Colorado State to 137 yards passing in their 51-7 win and had seven sacks for 50 yards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Hawaii: QB Brayden Schager. The sophomore has completed 58.8% of his passes in the first two games at an average of 9.8 yards per completion. However, he threw four interceptions in last week’s 49-17 loss to Western Kentucky, including a pick-6 in the second quarter.
Michigan: QB J.J. McCarthy. Jim Harbaugh announced before the season that Cade McNamara would start against Colorado State and McCarthy would take over against Hawaii. McNamara didn’t do anything to claim the full-time job, going 9-18 for 136 yards against Colorado State, and McCarthy scored on a 20-yard run in the second half. Now he gets his first college start against a struggling defense.
FACTS & FIGURES
Harbaugh quarterbacked the Wolverines to a 27-10 win over Hawaii at Aloha Stadium in 1986. The teams last played in 2016, with Michigan winning 63-3 at the Big House. … This will be the 12th night game played at Michigan Stadium, with the Wolverines winning nine of the first 11. … Hawaii allowed 545 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground in its first two games, while Michigan put up 234 yards and four touchdowns in its opener.