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

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Michigan vs. Northwestern: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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

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Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

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

 

Spartans Injury Report (via USA Today)

Wolverines Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Russell Bellomy QB 08/30/2013 will miss the entire season out knee
Joey Burzynski G 10/21/2013 will miss the remainder of the season out knee
Amara Darboh WR 08/21/2013 will miss the entire season out foot
Will Hagerup P 08/30/2013 will miss the entire season suspended disciplinary
Drake Johnson RB 09/02/2013 will miss the remainder of the season out knee
Ondre Pipkins DT 10/06/2013 will miss the remainder of the season out knee
Wyatt Shallman FB 11/10/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Northwestern questionable undisclosed
Tom Strobel DE 11/10/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Northwestern questionable undisclosed

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Wildcats Injury Report (via USA Today)

Wildcats Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Stephen Buckley RB 11/02/2013 is out indefinitely out knee
Collin Ellis LB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable leg
Will Hampton DT 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable undisclosed
Daniel Jones CB 09/03/2013 will miss the remainder of the season out knee
Tony Jones WR 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable lower body
Jack Konopka T 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable undisclosed
Warren Long RB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable undisclosed
Dean Lowry DE 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable lower body
Venric Mark RB 11/11/2013 will miss the remainder of the season out ankle
Sean McEvilly DT 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable lower body
Jaylen Prater LB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable undisclosed
Mark Szott TE 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable undisclosed
Mike Trumpy RB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable undisclosed
Nick VanHoose CB 11/11/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan questionable head

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Can Michigan Run the Ball?

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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 TD REC YDS
@ Michigan State 8 20 2.5 9 0 1 2
Nebraska 9 6 0.7 4 0 2 33

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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

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Things are as bad as they seem for the Wolverines.

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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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