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Getting into a rhythm running the ball allows you to beat a team into submission

We've all witnessed a quarterback orchestrate an offense to the point where you start to wonder if anything can stop them. Watch Peyton Manning or Tom Brady for long enough (or the first few games of the 2012 season at WVU with Geno Smith leading the way), and you'll come across a handful of games for each quarterback where they have developed such a rhythm in the passing game that they can't possibly be stopped.

Now, when you think of dominant running games, Michigan's latest efforts are probably far from what you're imagining. After back to back negative yardage run games against Michigan State and Nebraska, the Wolverines finally got things back on track against Northwestern, where two of their bigger, more physical backs ran for 120 combined yards.

According to offensive coordinator Al Borges, the same impressive rhythm that can be witnessed in the passing game can also take place on the ground where big, physical backs can just pound a team into submission.

“If you can get a rhythm running the ball like you get a rhythm passing the ball, you can pound the other team into submission. There’s a point, now, we didn’t reach that point (Saturday), where you can do that. I’ve seen it happen, had it happen. Big backs are the best at doing that because, after awhile, you just get tired of tackling them.”