Week 11 college football preview

November, 9, 2012

No. 24 Northwestern (7-2) at Michigan (6-3)

When, where:11 a.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Radio: WGN-720 AM
Web: WatchESPN.com

NorthwesternMichiganWhat you need to know: What everyone wants to know is whether Michigan star quarterback Denard Robinson is going to play. Wolverines coach Brady Hoke has been quiet on Robinson's status. Robinson missed last week's game due to right elbow injury. In his place, junior Devin Gardner led Michigan to a 35-13 win over Minnesota. Northwestern has had plenty of time to prepare for either quarterback as the Wildcats had last weekend off. Northwestern is coming off a win over Iowa. The Wildcats last played at Michigan in 2008 and won 21-14. Northwestern running back Venric Mark and kicker Jeff Budzien were named semifinalists for positional awards this week. Northwestern needs to win this game to keep in the hunt for the division title.
Scott Powers' prediction: Michigan 34, Northwestern 27

Minnesota (5-4) at Illinois (2-7)

When, where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: WIND-560 AM
Web: BTN2Go.com
MinnesotaIllinoisWhat you need to know: Illinois has a shot to win its first Big Ten game this season. The Illini are riding a six-game losing streak and have been outscored 246-84 during that stretch. Minnesota has only been slightly better. The Golden Gophers are 1-4 in conference with their only win coming against Purdue, which Illinois faces next week. Minnesota's defense also had its problems this season, so Saturday's game could be a high-scoring affair. Illinois senior Ashante Williams has been a bright spot for the defense and has scored two touchdowns this season. Minnesota holds a four-game winning streak on Illinois.
Scott Powers' prediction: Minnesota 31, Illinois 24
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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