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Michigan vs. Northwestern: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Nov 9, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) passes the ball in the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2013

In a battle of shaky Big Ten teams, both the Michigan Wolverines and Northwestern Wildcats will look to get back on track when the former travels to Ryan Field on Saturday.

Michigan has lost two straight, first at the hands of then-No. 22 Michigan State and then to Nebraska. Remember, this is the same Wolverines team that was nearly upset by Akron and Connecticut in September (two teams currently with three wins between them).

Northwestern is a loser of five straight, with its only wins from early in the season coming against three teams with a combined seven wins. (The fourth doesn't count—Maine of the CAA has nine wins.)

Will Michigan win, with a big showdown against No. 3 Ohio State at the end of the month? Or will Northwestern finally get its first conference win of the year?

Here's a look at everything fans need to know.

 

When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.

Television: Big Ten Network

Live Stream: ESPN3

Oct 12, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 52.5
  • Spread: Northwestern (-3)

 

Spartans Injury Report (via USA Today)

Wolverines Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Russell BellomyQB08/30/2013will miss the entire seasonoutknee
Joey BurzynskiG10/21/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutknee
Amara DarbohWR08/21/2013will miss the entire seasonoutfoot
Will HagerupP08/30/2013will miss the entire seasonsuspendeddisciplinary
Drake JohnsonRB09/02/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutknee
Ondre PipkinsDT10/06/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutknee
Wyatt ShallmanFB11/10/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Northwesternquestionableundisclosed
Tom StrobelDE11/10/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Northwesternquestionableundisclosed
USA Today

 

Wildcats Injury Report (via USA Today)

Wildcats Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Stephen BuckleyRB11/02/2013is out indefinitelyoutknee
Collin EllisLB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionableleg
Will HamptonDT11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionableundisclosed
Daniel JonesCB09/03/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutknee
Tony JonesWR11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionablelower body
Jack KonopkaT11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionableundisclosed
Warren LongRB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionableundisclosed
Dean LowryDE11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionablelower body
Venric MarkRB11/11/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutankle
Sean McEvillyDT11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionablelower body
Jaylen PraterLB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionableundisclosed
Mark SzottTE11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionableundisclosed
Mike TrumpyRB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionableundisclosed
Nick VanHooseCB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Michiganquestionablehead
USA Today

 

Can Michigan Run the Ball?

Oct 19, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) running the ball in for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

In recent weeks, Michigan has been anything but productive on the ground.

Against the Spartans, the Wolverines finished the game with minus-48 rushing yards. The contest last week against Nebraska was an improvement, as the Wolverines managed minus-21 on the ground.

Of course, these numbers are inflated by the hits Devin Gardner continues to take. He's completing over 60 percent of his passes but has thrown 14 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.

Starting back Fitzgerald Toussaintthe man mostly responsible for getting the ground attack going, has been a disappointment in recent weeks:

Fitzgerald Toussaint Last Two Games
OPP.ATT YDS AVG LNG TDREC YDS
@ Michigan State8 20 2.5 9 01 2
Nebraska9 6 0.7 4 02 33
ESPN

It gets worse. Northwestern only allows just over 168 rushing yards per game. While the Wildcats have struggled in recent weeks against backs such as Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (127 yards), they appear to have a favorable matchup against a struggling Michigan team. 

 

Prediction

Oct 5, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter (2) pitches the ball on an option play during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ryan Field. Ohio State won 40-30. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Things are as bad as they seem for the Wolverines.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges seems like a deer in headlights in recent weeks, as does his offensive line when it comes to protecting Gardner. The junior quarterback continues to take an excessive amount of hits and fails to produce through the air. 

These factors combine to create a horrific ground attack that Borges simply cannot seem to figure out. Northwestern has been bad in recent weeks, but its players can still smell blood in the water.

At home, Northwestern slips by as Michigan stumbles over itself.

 

Final Score 

Wildcats win 28-24

 

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