Five storylines: Michigan at Purdue 

October, 4, 2012
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Each Thursday, WolverineNation will take a look at five storylines for the Wolverines heading into Saturday's game. Here are the storylines for Michigan as it starts its conference title hunt off with a trip to Purdue.

1.) Denard needs to make plays in the passing game. The Wolverines will have a very hard time beating anyone if quarterback Denard Robinson turns the ball over five times. But considering Marshall was able to put up 439 yards in the air against Purdue, that might be the way to go to get the ‘W.’ In order to do that, Robinson needs to hit his receivers in stride, not throw off his back foot, make the right checkdowns and make the right reads. At times, he has done that, but not often enough.

2.) Short will be a tall task. Kawann Short is going to be one of the better defensive tackles the Wolverines’ offensive line faces all season. And just two weeks removed from the Notre Dame game, which saw 23 missed assignments from the O-line, Michigan needs to shore up its offensive line or Short will have a big day. The 6-foor-3, 315-pound Boilermaker is averaging a sack a game and Michigan coach Brady Hoke -- a defensive coach -- has already recognized Short as one of the best D-linemen in the conference.
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