Northwestern vs. Michigan: Complete Game Preview

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Northwestern vs. Michigan: Complete Game Preview
Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

The main question going into Saturday's matchup with Northwestern, of course, is whether Denard Robinson will start at quarterback. Robinson has been suffering from a nerve injury in his throwing elbow and missed much of the loss at Nebraska and all of the victory at Minnesota.

Devin Gardner's inspiring performance against the Gophers makes one wonder that maybe Robinson shouldn't rush his return.  

"Right now, if Denard is healthy, he'll start," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said during Monday's press conference. "We just want him to be healthy."

Since then, there's been no news coming from Hoke concerning the quarterbacks.

Regardless of the quarterback, Michigan (6-3, 4-1) could take a giant step forward in the tight Legends Division race by getting past Northwestern (7-2, 3-2).  

The Wildcats feature an intriguing up-tempo offense, while at the same time, display a rather anemic defense.

Northwestern's only marquee win was over Iowa (28-17), while its only losses were to Nebraska (29-28) and Penn State (39-28).

Like most Big Ten teams, Northwestern has had little luck against Michigan. The Wolverines have won 28 of the last 32 meetings and are listed as 10-point favorites by USA Today .   

Let's take a look at how Michigan might fare against the spread:

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