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Watch: Michigan Breaks Out Bizarre Straight Line Formation, Leading To Jake Butt Touchdown

Michigan players lining up in a very peculiar formation


Jim Harbaugh broke out the strange Michigan formation from the Wisconsin game, with all 11 Wolverines in a straight line. Once again, it led to a touchdown.

Against the Badgers, Michigan had this formation go viral, solely because it looks EXTREMELY weird. In that game, Michigan ran for five yards, before punching it in for a score on the next play. Against Illinois today, Jake Butt caught a touchdown across the middle after the Wolverines reassembled into a legal formation.

We're not sure what this does, although we can see where defenders' signals get crossed once the players reassemble, with the quick snap. The bigger part of the play here is the wide receivers running interference to get Butt open for the easy score.

Michigan has been blowing out teams all year, and is doing the same in Ann Arbor this afternoon. Harbaugh's club is up 21-0 late in the first quarter. Wilton Speight has been great today, completing 7-of-8 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Butt's three-yard touchdown catch is his only reception of the game.

Michigan entered the game as a 39.5-point favorite at home, per OddsShark. That's a ton of points for a Big Ten game, but it definitely seems to be in play, based on how the first quarter went.