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Is the Wolverines’ biggest trap game Michigan vs. Maryland? How U-M avoided upsets in 2022

Michigan finally played a “good team” in Week 11, beating then-No. 10 Penn State 24-15 in University Park, Pennyslvania to secure its first ranked win of the season.

In the eyes of myriad Wolverines fans, focus now turns to the season finale against No. 1 Ohio State (10-, 7-0 in Big Ten play), which will decide whether Michigan (10-0, 7-0) gets the opportunity to compete for a third straight Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff berth.

But there’s still one game left to play before they get there: Maryland (6-4, 3-4) clinched bowl eligibility in Week 11 with a 13-10 win over Nebraska, ending a four-game losing skid that came after a five-game win streak to open the year.

This Wolverines team has dominated against almost every team they faced, but with “The Game” coming up, Saturday’s matchup is one they can’t afford to look past. Maryland is a team that has looked ready to pull off a big upset over the last few years but hasn’t quite pulled it off. And Week 12 caused problems for Michigan in 2022, as well.

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Is Michigan vs. Maryland the ultimate trap game for the Wolverines? Here’s a look at Michigan’s near stumbles from last year:

2022 Week 12 game vs. Illinois

Michigan’s last home game of the year in 2022 came vs. a 7-3 Illinois team on Nov. 19, the second-to-last game of the regular season.

Michigan scored a touchdown on its opening drive, with running back Blake Corum rushing for 44 yards and a score while quarterback J.J. McCarthy completed 3 of 3 passes. But the offense failed to score again in the half, and bad turned to worse late in the second quarter, when Corum suffered an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season: He tore his meniscus and suffered a bone bruise and an MCL sprain on a fumble in the red zone.

The Wolverines came out of the half up 7-3, but the Fighting Illini took control of the game in the third quarter. Running back Chase Brown scored two touchdowns and Michigan was limited to just a field goal on the opening possession of the half as Illinois took a 17-10 lead.

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