Minnesota players to watch

David Cobb, RB: He has started 10 games and rushed for 1,264 in his career. This season, Cobb has had nearly half the Gophers 187 carries (92 for 539 yards, four TDs). He's coming off a 207-yard performance against San Jose State.

Damien Wilson, LB: He leads the Big Ten with an average 11 tackles (44 total) and has 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss.

Chris Streveler, QB: It's unclear whether QB Mitch Leidner (strained knee, turf toe) will be available. If not, Streveler's in charge. He has completed 36.4 percent of his attempts and was 1-for-7 last week.


QB mysteries: It's unclear whether Chris Streveler or Mitch Leidner will be in charge for Minnesota, and it's unclear whether Devin Gardner or Shane Morris will call the plays for Michigan. Strangely, this may not be the position that matters most. Both teams rely on their run games.

Win streak: Michigan does have history on its side in the rivalry for the Little Brown Jug, the trophy awarded to the winner of the Michigan-Minnesota game. Michigan has won the last six meetings and 22 of the last 23.

Turning over new leaf: Michigan's offense has been undone by turnovers —minus-10 turnover margin. Minnesota, meanwhile, is plus-four in turnover margin and has seven INTs. The Gophers have scored 38 points off turnovers.

Red zone blues: When the Wolverines get in the red zone, they're pretty good. In fact, they're 10-for-10. But in two losses, they have not reached the red zone. Minnesota has allowed teams to score on 9-of-11 trips to the red zone, including six TDs.

Running strong: This game should come down to the running backs. Will Minnesota's David Cobb, averaging 134.8 yards. Have the edge, or will it be Michigan's Derrick Green, who is averaging 97.8 yards? Minnesota's offense revolves around Cobb, who has had 92 of Minnesota's 187 rush attempts. Green has had 64 of Michigan's 152 carries.

Facts and figures

■ Michigan has allowed four rushing yards in the first half of the last two games — Miami (Ohio) had one, Utah had three. Michigan has held teams to an average 80.2 yards rushing.

■ The Wolverines have won eight straight Big Ten openers and 31 of their last 32. Minnesota has not fared well against Michigan, losing six straight and 22 of the last 23.

■ Minnesota defeated San Jose State, 24-7, last Saturday. That was the fewest amount of points Minnesota has allowed since a 17-3 win at Illinois in 2012.

■ Minnesota had seven passing yards in a victory over San Jose State. But the Gophers ran wild with 380 yards on 58 carries. David Cobb had 207 yards and two TDs.

■ Michigan's turnover margin is minus-10, among the worst in the country. Minnesota is second in the Big Ten at plus-4 (seven INTs, six fumbles).