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1. Pass the Ball
Michigan's running game isn't much to talk about.
Due to this, quarterback Devin Gardner will likely be putting the ball in the air. That's the right thing to do, too.
In 2013, Gardner has passed for 2,960 yards and 21 touchdowns. His passing abilities were also notable in the loss to Ohio State.
Kansas State's secondary isn't weak, but it's an area that Michigan can target.
If Gardner can stay confident, throwing the ball should be the primary game plan.
Trying to run the ball won't be nearly as successful with the struggles the Wolverines have had with its offensive line.
Kansas State may expect Gardner to pass, but when executed correctly, it's tough to defend even when expected.
2. Defend the Pass
Kansas State will likely put the ball in the air.
This is mostly due to the struggles Michigan has had with its secondary.
With that said, the Michigan safeties and cornerbacks need to be prepared to step up.
Junior wide receiver Tyler Lockett is going to be a big factor for Kansas State. He has been one of the hottest receivers in the Big 12 and the nation.
Against Oklahoma alone, Lockett caught 12 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns.
What's even more impressive is that Lockett was impressive despite missing two games with a hamstring injury this season.
What that means for Michigan is that Kansas State will likely put the ball in the air. If the Wildcats know Michigan has struggled with the secondary, it will be a focus.
3. Limit John Hubert
Kansas State is truly at its best when running back Jon Hubert is involved.
In fact, Hubert was a big factor in Kansas State's 49-26 victory over Texas Tech. In that game alone, Hubert ran for a season-high of 157 yards.
"I’m just running with the mentality to give it all I’ve got," Hubert told Ken Corbitt of the Topeka Capital-Journal.
If that's Hubert's mentality, Michigan needs to be ready to limit the senior.
Against Kansas, Hubert was called upon a career-high 30 times. It was his 11th career game over 100 yards. It was his fourth this season.
Needless to say, Michigan can expect to see the ball in Hubert's hands whenever possible.
The Wolverines defense will have to be ready.