When the No. 24 Northwestern Wildcats roll into Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon, they will be looking for their first signature win of the season. The Wildcats present several problems for the Michigan Wolverines and can potentially pull off a big upset on Saturday in the Big House.
All season, Michigan has struggled to contain dual-threat quarterbacks. Both times that the Wolverines have taken on notable dual-threat quarterbacks—Taylor Martinez of Nebraska and Everett Golson of Notre Dame—they ended up losing. While teams with dual-threat quarterbacks have not dominated Michigan, the Wolverines have struggled to shut them down.
Northwestern's Kain Colter has proven himself to be a legitimate dual-threat quarterback so far this season despite sharing time with Trevor Siemian for part of the season. Even though his passing numbers are not otherworldly, Colter has been good enough to force opponents into considering him as a legitimate threat.
Another problem for the Wolverines coming into Saturday's game is the uncertainty surrounding who will be lining up under center for them. While Devin Gardner played well for the Wolverines last week, it is unclear whether Gardner or Denard Robinson will lead the Wolverines out onto the field. This presents problems because the offensive game plan for the Wolverines will change depending on who their quarterback is.
This might pose a threat for the Wildcats as well as the Wolverines, but the Wildcats are indifferent either way and are poised for an upset regardless of who is leading the Wolverines.
The Wildcats have been historically strong in November, and with Big Ten bragging rights on the line, expect to see Northwestern come out strong and ready to go.
Northwestern has yet to tally a true landmark win this season, and with a spot atop the Legends Division on the line, expect the Wildcats to be more than ready to play. One of the surprise teams this season, look for the upstart Wildcats to prove that they are one of the Big Ten's top teams this season as well as for years to come.