That picture is the perfect wire-service photo. "Sure, there's a Minnesota player doing something...but check out all the Michigan fans!"
We realize the Big Ten Blog doesn't have a ton of room to criticize others about selective team coverage, but at least we'd have the decency to focus the lens on the guy holding the football.
Michigan at Minnesota is the only noon game of the entire weekend for the Big Ten, so if you're a conference diehard (and you should be!) this will be on your television by default. But it's really worth keeping an eye on all the same, because there's the potential for disaster and ruin.
We don't know who's starting this game at quarterback for the Wolverines. It could—nay, should—be normal starter and putative team MVP Denard Robinson, but he left last week's game with an injured ulnar nerve that affects his ability to throw the football. He has practiced some this week, but despite Brady Hoke saying Robinson is expected to start (per the Detroit Free Press), we'll believe it when Shoelace is actually out there.
If this is another feint from Hoke, it could be Russell Bellomy, who came in for Robinson after the injury. But Bellomy turned in a disastrous 3-16, three-interception performance that submarined Michigan's hopes and was one of the worst quarterbacking performances the conference has seen in a good long while.
It could also be Devin Gardner, who moved to wide receiver before the season then saw most of the snaps in practice at quarterback this week. But Gardner wasn't great while he was at quarterback, and he looked far worse than Bellomy at the spring game.
So if Michigan can't get quality play from its QB position, there's a real possibility of a Minnesota win if the Gophers even rack up, say, 17 points. We think Robinson will give it a go (even as Hoke hasn't done much to engender trust in his pregame statements this year), however, and because of that we're calling this one for Michigan.
Final Score: Michigan 31, Minnesota 19