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Even though some may not look at this as a true road game because of the large number of Michigan faithful that will show up at Ryan Field, it still has to be treated with extreme caution.
The game will obviously not be played in Michigan Stadium, and we all know the Wolverines have not been up to par under Brady Hoke in games outside of the Big House.
Northwestern had a darned good football team last season, and it'll have a darned good one again this year.
The offense looks like it could be deadly, and the defense has a lot of potential as well; if the pass defense improves (which it should dramatically) and the defensive line figures out its personnel, this could be a very solid unit.
However, I think a brutal schedule will prevent the Wildcats from realistically competing for the Legends Division title. In fact, by the time Michigan comes to town in mid-November, I think they'll already be out of the race.
Still, this will be a very tough game for Michigan. The Wolverines will likely be the favorites going in but will have to play incredibly well to win.