Northwestern at Michigan
Records: Northwestern is 7-2 and 3-2 in the Big Ten, Michigan is 6-3 and 4-1 in the Big Ten.
Series: Michigan leads 53-15-2
Favorite: Michigan by 9 1/2
Notes: Michigan enters today’s game first in the nation on pass defense, allowing 145.44 yards a game, and have not allowed more than 200 passing yards in a game this season. … Wolverines linebacker Jake Ryan leads the Big Ten with 12 tackles for a loss (10 solo, four assisted). … Michigan’s coaches said earlier this week it will use a platoon system at running back — last week at Minnesota, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Thomas Rawls combined for 113 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns. … Brady Hoke said he has not made a decision on who will start at quarterback today, between Devin Gardner and Denard Robinson (ulnar nerve in throwing arm).