Michigan Football will play at Northwestern on Saturday. Kick off is scheduled for 3:30 (EST) and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The Michigan fan base is reeling after back-to-back losses that featured a combined negative 69 yards rushing. During turbulent times like these, recruiting can provide the fan base with a lift. However, this week the nation’s #1 ranked recruit, according to rivals.com, who had long been considered a Michigan lean, committed to play for Alabama.
Many have taken to sounding the alarm and calling for sweeping changes in the coaching staff. Yes, confidence in Brady Hoke and his staff has been crippled and the Wolverines are staring down the barrel of possibly losing five consecutive games to close out the season. However, I think it would be premature to dismiss Hoke, you have to give him at least four years. Which means that next season will be critical.
Of immediate importance, is a winnable game for the Wolverines at Northwestern. For a complete game preview, click here: Michigan at Northwestern. For the Extra Points, read on.
Michigan leads the all-time series against Northwestern with a 54-15-2 mark.
Northwestern running back, Venric Mark is out for the season (ankle).
Teamrankings.com projects Northwestern to win 27-25. numberFire has the Wildcats winning 23-19.
Devin Funchess has a reception in 10 straight games and at least 65 receiving yards in 5 consecutive games.
Among tight ends, Devin Funchess ranks 9th in school history with 857 career receiving yards.
Funchess has five receiving touchdowns this season. The single season, school record for a tight end is 8 (Eric Kattus).
Michigan ranks 96th nationally in rushing offense.
Michigan ranks 83 nationally in total offense.
Michigan ranks 13th nationally in rushing defense and 22nd in scoring defense.
Jeremy Gallon ranks 10th in school history with 139 career receptions. He ranks 8th in school history with 2,278 career receiving yards.
Blake Countess is tied for the Big Ten lead with 4 interceptions.
Linebackers James Ross III and Desmond Morgan are tied for the team lead with 62 tackles each.
So far this season, Frank Clark has established new career-highs in sacks (4.5), tackles for loss (8.5), tackles (30) and fumble recoveries (2).
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