The Teams: Nebraska (6-2) at Michigan
(6-2) The History: Michigan holds a 4-3-1 all-time record
in the series. Nebraska won last year's game in Lincoln,
23-9. The Depth Charts:Nebraska
and Michigan The Place: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor The Time: 3:30 p.m. EST The Line: Michigan -7 The Broadcast: ABC The Updates:Follow
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"Two years ago [in Ann Arbor] they killed us up there. I was
kind of shellshocked. I didn't play much, but, just being
there, Michigan fans are nasty, man. They're ruthless. I
wouldn't have it any other way. Honestly, I'm not a big fan
of Michigan. Nothing would make me happier than to go up
there and shut them up."
-- Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah on Saturday's game.
By the Numbers
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Running backs in the country in the last decade who have
rushed 264 or more times in a season with a 3.7-or-lower
yards per rush average. Fitzgerald Toussaint is on track for
264 carries this year and is averaging 3.7 yards per rush. 6: Michigan opponents
(out of eight) that have met or exceeded their season
average for passing yards per game against the Michigan
defense, including the last four. Michigan ranks No. 99
nationally in passing defense (255.0 yards per game).
45: Michigan's rushing yards against
Wisconsin the week after setting an all-time program low
with negative-46 rushing yards against Minnesota in 1962.
The Wolverines broke that record with negative-48 yards on
the ground at Michigan State last week.
1. Devin Gardner, redshirt
junior quarterback: This had to have been a rough week
for Gardner. Not only was he tormented at the hands of a
gruesome Michigan State defense - getting hit a nasty 27
times - but he had to come back, get better and practice
while nursing those wounds. Now he's got an excellent
opportunity to excorcise those demons and put together a
solid game against a defense that is nowhere in the same
stratosphere as Michigan State's. But the Cornhuskers are a
pretty good pass-rushing team, so Gardner will still have
his hands full.
2. The Michigan Interior
Offensive Line: Michigan fans were calling for a
changeup along the interior offensive line after the first
four games of the season. Now, the Wolverines have shuffled
things up almost on a game-by-game basis. In Big Ten play,
Kyle Kalis, Chris Bryant, Joey Burzynski, Kyle Bosch, Erik
Magnuson and Graham Glasgow have all started games along the
guard-center-guard lineup. The Wolverines will most likely
stick with Magnuson-Glasgow-Bosch in the middle - but the
line needs to get a push against the Cornhuskers, who gave
up a combined 516 rushing yards to Northwestern and
Minnesota in the last two games.
3. Ameer Abdullah, running
back: Abdullah is one of just two running backs in the
country with more than 150 carries who has a 7.0-or-high
yards-per-rush average. He is having a terrific season, and
he is the key to shutting down the Nebraska offense - or
letting it run wild over you. If Michigan can succesfully
slow Abdullah down, it will put a lot of pressure on Tommy
Armstrong, Jr. and Ron Kellog III, the two quarterbacks
charged with replacing Taylor Martinez, who will most likely
not play against the Wolverines Saturday.
4. Redshirt junior
outside linebacker Jake Ryan: The Wolverines moved
junior Brennen Beyer from SAM linebacker to five-technique
defensive end this week. Ryan has been working his way back
into the lineup since the Penn State game - and this move
says the coaches believe he is ready to take on a bigger
load (he will mostly likely continue to share some time with
fifth-year senior Cam Gordon). How will he respond? Is he
back to the old Jake Ryan?
5. Randy Gregory,
sophomore defensive lineman: The Cornhuskers have not
put up great defensive numbers this year, but Gregory is a
beast. In eight games, Gregory has posted 8.5 tackles for
loss (ninth in the Big Ten) and 3.5 sacks (11th in the Big
Ten). He will be a load for the Wolverines in the line of