Five storylines: Michigan 

September, 13, 2012
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Each Thursday WolverineNation will take a look at five storylines for the Wolverines and five for their opponent heading into Saturday's game. Here are the storylines for Michigan as it looks forward to the home opener against Massachusetts.

1.) Running game needs to get going: Michigan can't allow quarterback Denard Robinson to be the only player running the ball. If the Wolverines want to get running back Fitzgerald Toussaint involved, this is the game to do it. He needs to get going against some team's defense and it'll be much easier for him to hit the hole and make some runs against UMass than it will when Michigan faces Notre Dame next weekend.

2.) Defensive line needs to make stops: The Wolverine D-line hasn't looked so great and it isn't putting up the kind of numbers that win Big Ten championships. Against UMass, it has a chance to gel and gain experience and confidence. When they don't get the push up front, too many easy runs get through to the linebackers. And even though Jake Ryan and Joe Bolden and co. are playing better, it's unfair to throw that many runs at them and expect them to stop them all. It has been made pretty clear that this isn’t the experienced and mature D-line of 2011, but it needs to be solid and serviceable. That can start against the Minutemen.
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