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Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Northwestern: Players to watch

Trevor Siemian, QB: He was pulled in last week's 48-7 loss to Iowa after three quarters and replaced by Zach Oliver. Oliver didn't shock the world during his appearance, and it's expected Siemian will start. He's thrown for 1,564 yards and four TDs, and is seventh in the Big Ten in passing (195.5 yards).

Justin Jackson, RB: The freshman is sixth in the Big Ten (90.8 yards). He had 99 yards against Iowa last week, falling just short of his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. He had Northwestern's only TD, his fifth this season.

Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB: At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, he's in his third season as a starter. He is fifth in the Big Ten in tackles with 72 this season and is averaging nine tackles.

Intangibles

Reverse course: Michigan is 0-3 in road games, losing to Notre Dame, Rutgers and Michigan State. Two of the final three regular-season games are on the road, and this would be an important win in terms of Michigan's bowl hopes.

Defense wins: Northwestern is last in the Big Ten in scoring offense (19.1 points) and tied for last with Michigan in total offense (330.0 yards).

Distractions minimized: Well, for now. Most of this season, it seems, has involved distractions around the program. But a week after athletic director Dave Brandon, it has been relatively quiet. Still, the players said they've managed to remain focused despite all that has swirled around them.

Start fast: Michigan coach Brady Hoke said it absolutely will be key to have the offense start quickly. The Wolverines haven't made a habit of that, but with what typically is a pro-Michigan crowd at Ryan Field, this would be a good time to start.

Eliminate turnovers: That seems impossible for the Wolverines who are minus-13 in turnover margin. QB Devin Gardner has 11 INTs and will have to go error-free.

Facts and figures

■ Michigan has picked off three passes, fewest in the Big Ten.

■ Michigan is holding opponents to 3.15 yards per rush, second in the Big Ten.

■ Northwestern has won three of its last 10 Big Ten games.

■ Drake Johnson is averaging 7.8 yards per carry, best of any Michigan tailbacks.

■ Michigan fifth-year senior QB Devin Gardner has 11 INTs.