With just two regular-season games to go, the Michigan Wolverines are hoping that Nebraska slips up, opening the door for them to capture the Big Ten Legends division.
After falling to the Cornhuskers on Oct. 27, Michigan (7-3, 5-1 Big Ten) has rattled off two straight victories, including a 38-31 overtime thriller against then-No. 24 Northwestern last week.
The big news in Week 12 surrounds Denard Robinson and whether the senior quarterback will see the field on Saturday against Iowa after suffering nerve damage in his throwing elbow against Nebraska.
If Robinson, who is currently listed as "day to day," is healthy enough to play on Saturday, it actually creates a headache for head coach Brady Hoke. Devin Gardner, who has played very well under center in relief of Robinson the past two games, went a combined 28-of-47 for 520 yards with four touchdowns to two interceptions against Northwestern and Minnesota.
Some, including Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, believe the Wolverines could use Robinson as a running back or a receiver instead if he's healthy.
Of course, given the position Hoke is in (Robinson entering his final home game of his illustrious career at Michigan), he's been rather tight-lipped about that possibility.
Asked whether he would use Robinson in another capacity than at quarterback, Hoke gave reporters a simple "I don't know. (His health) and all those things are what we're concerned about," per MLive.com.
But Robinson isn't the only senior playing his last game at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.
A number of Michigan players reflected about their careers to ESPN this week.
Fifth-year senior cornerback J.T. Floyd may have put it best, per ESPN:
Once you come to Michigan, man, it's always family. That's how we look at it. Once you spend one day as a Wolverine, you're family. I look at those guys as brothers, because ultimately this game of football is going to stop one day for all of us.
So wherever you are, you're always family and looked at as a brother around here.
As for the game against Iowa at the Big House, the No. 21 Wolverines shouldn't have a problem dispatching the Hawkeyes, no matter who starts under center.
The Hawkeyes have not only allowed 4.06 yards per carry (tied for 55th in the FBS, per CFBStats.com) and 12 rushing touchdowns this season, they have also allowed 7.1 yards per pass attempt (tied for 71st) and 13 passing touchdowns. They have had trouble with pocket passers and dual-threat quarterbacks.
Michigan, meanwhile, has gone 5-0 at home this season. Not only did Gardner star in the win over Northwestern last week, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and receivers Roy Roundtree and Jeremy Gallon have played well as of late.
And, if you are in to individual awards, know that linebacker Jake Ryan is in the discussion for the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year. In fact, ESPN has him ranked second only to Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti.
The sophomore has been scary good for the Wolverines this season, racking up 12 tackles for loss (tied for second in the Big Ten), 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
No. 14 Nebraska faces Minnesota and Iowa to close out the season.
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