Five storylines: Michigan at Minnesota 

November, 1, 2012
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Each Thursday, WolverineNation will take a look at five storylines for the Wolverines heading into Saturday's game. The Wolverines hit the road again and look to pick up their second road win of the season at Minnesota.

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Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireMinnesota QB Philip Nelson is a freshman but has shown impressive maturity.
1.) Wait and see who will be running the offense. At this point, there's no definitive answer as to who will be Michigan's main quarterback on Saturday. Will it be a healthy Denard Robinson? A mildly injured but still playing Robinson? Devin Gardner, who hasn’t taken a snap this season? Or Russell Bellomy? Which would be the best option? No one really knows. They've been splitting snaps in practice and it'll be interesting to see who starts and finishes against Minnesota, and if that's the same player. 2.) Is this the week to start the run game? The Wolverines have said it every week: We need to get the run game going this week. And every Monday, they've had to answer questions about why and how it didn't get going. Michigan can't win the Big Ten title if it doesn't have a running back or a running game. Brady Hoke has said championships are won in November. It's not an exact math equation, but by that reasoning, I'd say Michigan needs to get a run game going during these next four games if it wants to be in Indianapolis.

3.) Get pressure on Philip Nelson. The freshman is playing in his third collegiate game. If the sharks on Michigan's front line don't smell blood then I don't know what's going on. If they can pressure him early and often and get him rattled, the Wolverines can put this game away early. If not, Nelson's chemistry with receivers and his cool head could spell upset for Michigan, which hasn't finished out games well this season.
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