Originally written November 09, 2012 on isportsweb.com:
Michigan Football will host Northwestern on Saturday at the Big House. Kick off is scheduled for 12:01pm (EST) and the game will be televised on ESPN. For a complete game preview click here: Michigan vs Northwestern. For the extra points, read on. In Big Ten play, Michigan ranks first in the conference in scoring defense (11.8 ppg), total defense (250.4 avg.) and pass defense (138.2 avg.). Michigan has allowed two rushing touchdowns since Sept. 15. That is tied with Notre Dame for the fewest by an FBS team during that time frame. Michigan’s defense has not allowed a first quarter touchdown since Week 1 vs. Alabama and has not allowed a first quarter score since Week 2 vs. Air Force. Kenny Demens has posted back-to-back 10 tackle games. Jake Ryan leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss (12). He has recorded a TFL in 14 of his last 15 games. Brendan Gibbons has been named a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award which is awarded annually to the nations top kicker. Gibbons has connected on 13 of 15 field goal attempts this season and now ranks 7th in school history with 27 career field goals. Michigan has converted 59 of 122 third downs (48.4%), good for first in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation. The school record is 49.6% in 1986. Denard Robinson ranks second in the Big Ten with 11 runs of 20 yards or more. Venric Mark ranks 3rd with 10. Michigan ranks 3rd in the Big Ten with 42 plays of 20 yards or more. Among Big Ten teams, Michigan has allowed the fewest plays of 20 yards or more (16), the next closest team is Wisconsin with 30. ESPN’s accuscore projects Michigan to win 33-25. Teamrankings.com has Michigan 32-21 and numberFire likes the Wolverines by a final score of 32-18. Roy Roundtree needs 15 more receiving yards to move past Amani Toomer and into 12th place on Michigan’s all-time receiving yardage list. Senior defensive end Craig Roh has started in a team-high 47 consecutive games. Denard Robinson needs 54 more rushing yards to become the 4th player in school history with three 1,000 yard rushing seasons (Jamie Morris, Mike Hart, Tyrone Wheatley). Redshirt junior Jeremy Gallon leads Michigan in receptions (22) and receiving yards (390). JT Floyd leads the Wolverines with 5 pass break ups. Michigan has only allowed 6 touchdowns in their last 7 games. Related articles Big Ten Football Week 11 Predictions  
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