Michigan-Northwestern: Wolverines Look to Take It to the Wildcasts

Jeff ContizanoCorrespondent INovember 10, 2008

With the Brown Jug back in Ann Arbor where it belongs, the Wolverines look to Northwestern in the final home game for the seniors this year.

For Brandon Harrison, Morgan Trent, Tim Jamison, Terrance Taylor, Mike Massey, and 16 other Wolverine seniors, this is the last chance to play under the blue sky at the Big House.

The last chance to battle in front of 100,000+ diehard Wolverine fans, for 100+ teammates, and for their coaching staff.

Michigan came prepared last week but will have another test from a very solid 7-3 Northwestern team. No longer a bottom-dweller of the Big Ten, Northwestern is on the way up under the leadership of Pat Fitzgerald.

With Tyrelle Sutton (who has wreaked havoc on Michigan in the past) out, and C.J. Bacher still beat up, the Wildcats will need a balanced offensive attack and a strong defense to knock out the Wolverines.

Michigan is looking to build momentum after last week, where they dominated both sides of the ball against the Golden Gophers.

Some points for the game:

  • Nick Sheridan may start. Steven Threet is still questionable and is trying to get on the practice field this week.
  • Brandon Minor and Sam McGuffie are both banged up but are both expected to play.
  • The offensive line is gelling well. In Michigan's last four games they've amassed 234, 120, 207, and 237 yards on the ground.
  • The defense will look to continue its dominant streak after limiting a strong Minnesota offense to 144 total yards.

For the Wolverines, this is another chance to gain a quality win to help build confidence and help soothe some of the pain around Wolverine Nation. For Northwestern, it's another chance to gain a solid win towards a bowl game.

Advantages: Offense—Northwestern, Defense—Michigan, Special Teams—Michigan

Prediction: Michigan 24, Northwestern 21