Michigan enters the game as a 17.5-point favorite, and there will be several players looking to make a big impact.
This means Karan Higdon will be the feature back yet again, giving the Wolverines a two-dimensional rushing attack along with Tru Wilson, who is continuing to pick up carries every week. Higdon has rushed for 5 touchdowns already this season, and Wilson has amassed 150 yards on 25 touches with a touchdown.
Shea Patterson will undoubtedly start under center. His efficiency last week and all season has been stellar, and while his stats won’t really raise any eyebrows, he’s been able to add at least some consistency to an offense that was abysmal just a season ago.
An opportunity to see Dylan McCaffrey again this week would be good for the unit as a whole. Having already been redshirted last season, it won’t matter how many games he plays this season, and is looking like the clear option in case of an injury.
Patterson’s top targets will continue to be Donovan Peoples-Jones and tight end Zach Gentry. Peoples-Jones has caught four touchdown passes from Patterson this season, and the two are becoming a constant, reliable connection.
Gentry will surpass 200 yards receiving this week, but junior Nick Eubanks will be looking to have a bigger game this week. He had two receptions for 45 yards last week. Adding another reliable tight end to the mix will only help this team in the future.
Up front, Chase Winovich has been arguably one of the best defensive linemen in college football. After coming back to Michigan for his fifth year, he’s putting up impressive numbers.
.@Chase_Winovich decided to come back to Michigan for his fifth year — and what a year it’s been.
The rest of the defense has been inconsistent and sloppy at times, but linebackers Devin Bush and cornerback LaVert Hill have been playing good football.
The defense will probably look to avoid sluggish starts in the first half, a trend that has happened twice this season.
Michigan hosts Wisconsin next week, so playing a good game at home Saturday is sure to set the tone for the next week.
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