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Kansas State-Michigan football preview

Updated: 2013-12-28T01:52:33Z

When/where: 9:15 p.m. Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

TV/radio: ESPN; WHB (810 AM)

The series: This is the first-ever meeting between the programs.

The line: K-State by 5

KANSAS STATE (7-5)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30N. Dakota St.L,24-21
Sept. 7La.-LafayetteW,48-27
Sept. 14MassachusettsW,37-7
Sept. 21at TexasL,31-21
Oct. 5at Oklahoma St.L,33-29
Oct. 12BaylorL,35-25
Oct. 26West VirginiaW,35-12
Nov. 2Iowa St.W,41-7
Nov. 9at Texas TechW,49-26
Nov. 16TCUW,33-31
Nov. 23OklahomaL,41-31
Nov. 30at KansasW,31-10

MICHIGAN (7-5)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31Central MichiganW,59-9
Sept. 7Notre DameW,41-30
Sept. 14AkronW,28-24
Sept. 21at ConnecticutW,24-21
Oct. 5MinnesotaW,42-13
Oct. 12at Penn St.L,43-40
Oct. 19IndianaW,63-47
Nov. 2at Michigan St.L,29-6
Nov. 9NebraskaL,17-13
Nov. 16at NorthwesternW,27-19
Nov. 23at IowaL,24-21
Nov. 30Ohio St.L,42-41

What’s at stake

K-State is trying to win its first bowl game since 2002 and finish its season at 8-5. Michigan is hoping to salvage a season that started promising but ended ugly.

Cheers if ...

K-State wins the turnover battle. The Wildcats win in the regular season by minimizing mistakes. They will need to do the same in this bowl game.

Jeers if ...

Michigan runs for 150 or more yards. K-State wants to dare quarterback Shane Morris to beat it with his arm. If the Wolverines run effectively, that will make everything easier for them.

Three things about Michigan

1 The Wolverines are starting freshman Shane Morris at quarterback in place of veteran Devin Gardner, who is sidelined with a foot injury. Morris hasn’t started a game since high school and has attempted nine passes this season.

2 After a 5-0 start, Michigan limped into the postseason by winning two of its final seven games. Considering the final loss of the regular season came in heartbreaking fashion against rival Ohio State on a failed two-point conversion, the Wolverines don’t have any momentum.

3 Michigan’s secondary allows teams to throw for 228 yards per game, but it is good at securing turnovers. The Wolverines have made 17 interceptions this season.

Key matchup

John Hubert vs. Michigan’s front seven. It is imperative that K-State gets its senior running back going. When he received 15-plus carries this season, he averaged 109 yards and the Wildcats went 6-1. Taking an early lead and controlling clock behind Hubert is a recipe for success.

K-STATE OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR16Tyler Lockett5-11175Jr.
WR14Curry Sexton5-11183Jr.
LT78Cornelius Lucas6-9328Sr.
LG55Cody Whitehair6-4309So.
C66B.J. Finney6-4303Jr.
RG79Keenan Taylor6-4290Sr.
RT73Tavon Rooks6-5280Sr.
TE85Zach Trujillo6-5256Jr.
WR86Tramaine Thompson5-8167Sr.
QB15Jake Waters6-1210Jr.
RB33John Hubert5-7191Sr.
K3Jack Cantele6-0193So.

K-STATE DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE44Ryan Mueller6-2245Jr.
DT98Chaquil Reed6-3309Sr.
DT95Travis Britz6-4293So.
DE94Alauna Finau6-1258Sr.
SLB50Tre Walker6-3225Sr.
MLB53Blake Slaughter5-10227Sr.
WLB21Jonathan Truman5-11219Jr.
CB4Dorrian Roberts5-10168Sr.
SS22Dante Barnett6-1186So.
FS12Ty Zimmerman6-1204Sr.
CB7Kip Daily5-11180Sr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.

MICHIGAN OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR21Jeremy Gallon5-8184Sr.
WR86Jehu Chesson6-3196Fr.
LT77Taylor Lewan6-8315Sr.
LG78Erik Magnuson6-6295Fr.
C61Graham Glasgow6-6305So.
RG67Kyle Kalis6-5297Fr.
RT75Michael Schofield6-7304Sr.
TE87Devin Funchess6-4235So.
WR9Drew Dileo5-10180Sr.
QB7Shane Morris6-3201Fr.
RB28Fitzgerald Toussaint5-10200Sr.
K34Brendan Gibbons6-1243Sr.

MICHIGAN DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
LE57Frank Clark6-2273Jr.
DT55Jibreel Black6-2278Sr.
NT76Quinton Washington6-4301Sr.
RE97Brennen Beyer6-3250Jr.
SLB47Jake Ryan6-3240Jr.
MLB48Desmond Morgan6-1228Jr.
WLB15James Ross6-1220So.
CB6Raymon Taylor5-10183Jr.
SS30Thomas Gordon5-11210Sr.
FS11Courtney Avery5-11175Sr.
CB18Blake Countess5-10182So.
P45Matt Wile6-2216Jr.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: K-State, 28-21

Without Devin Gardner, Michigan won’t be able to run the ball well enough to frustrate K-State’s defense. Throw in the Wildcats’ motivation to end their bowl losing streak, and this game shapes up well for K-State.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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