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This Week at The Wolverine Den
Michigan vs. Kansas State
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Sun Devil Stadium
December 28, 2013 - 10:15 pm ET
The University of Michigan Wolverines will make their 43rd bowl appearance on December 28, 2013 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, AZ. The opponent is the Kansas State Wildcats. This will be Michigan’s first trip to Arizona since the 1986 Fiesta Bowl.
Kansas State went through a rebuilding year in 2013. After winning the Big 12 conference and going to the Fiesta Bowl in 2012, K-State lost 9 starters from their defense as well as QB Collin Klein, who was a Heisman finalist. But behind an experience offensive line, Kansas State turned in a successful 2013. Their 7-5 record includes losses to teams with a combined record of 52-9. Bill Snyder has been coaching the Wildcats for 22 seasons – and at age 74, he is still showing that he can build a program.
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K-State is led on offense by Sophomore QB Jake Waters who manages the offense completing over 59% of his passes and also is a threat to run the ball. But his big weapon is WR Tyler Lockett. Lockett has similar numbers to Jeremy Gallon – 71 catches, 1146 yards and 8 TDs. The running attack is led by John Hubert who rushed for nearly 1000 yards this season, including 220 yards in K-State’s final game against rival Kansas. He is only 5’7” but is very elusive. Behind an experienced offensive line, the Wildcats like to control the ball. They put up 33.7 points and over 400 yards per game in total offense.
On defense, defensive lineman Ryan Mueller is the star. His 11.5 sacks and 18.5 TFLs are among the national leaders. LB Blake Slaughter leads the team in tackles and Ty Zimmerman is the best defensive back with 2 interceptions returned for TDs. As a team, K-State picked off 16 passes this year. The good news: the defense allowed 367 yards per game and will surrender yardage and points.
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For Michigan, Kansas State is an ideal opponent. They are a solid team with similar statistics. The Wolverines can take a big step forward by playing a strong game on both sides of the ball. It could be a game of big plays – K-State averages over 15 yards per reception and has blocked 5 kicks this year. Bill Snyder is a crafty old coach and should have some wrinkles that we haven’t seen. A key for Michigan will be to establish the run early to open up the passing game. It is also critical the Michigan defense make sure handed tackles. Kansas State has lost its last 5 bowl games.
This will be the first ever meeting between Michigan and Kansas State.
Michigan is a 3˝ point underdog.
Great Moments in Wolverines - Bowl History
- 1902 Rose Bowl: Michigan had 527 yards rushing – led by Willie Heston’s 170 yards and Neil Snow’s 4 TDs in the 49-0 win over Stanford in the first Rose Bowl game.
- 1978 Rose Bowl: Rick Leach to Curt Stephensen for a 76-yard TD pass – the longest in Michigan bowl history.
- 1980 Rose Bowl: Butch Woolfolk’s 182 yards rushing helping Michigan give Bo his first bowl win 23-6 over Washington.
- 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl: John Kolesar’s TD catch late in the 4th qtr and Jamie Morris’ 234 yards rushing led Michigan past Alabama 28-24.
- 1989 Rose Bowl: Leroy Hoard’s 142 yards and 2 TDs led to a 22-14 win over USC.
- 1991 Gator Bowl: Michigan had 715 total yards of offense (a single game team record) in the 35-3 win over Mississippi.
- 1993 Rose Bowl: Tyrone Wheatley had 235 yards rushing (on only 15 carries) in 38-31 win over Washington.
- 1998 Rose Bowl: Brian Griese to Tai Streets for 2 long TDs to help Michigan win the National Championship.
- 1999 Citrus Bowl: Ian Gold’s interception and return for a TD in the win 45-31 over Arkansas.
- 2000 Orange Bowl: Tom Brady to David Terrell ten times as Michigan overcomes Alabama to win in OT 35-34.
- 2003 Outback Bowl: Chris Perry had 193 yards (108 receiving, 85 rushing) and 4 TDs to lead Michigan over Florida 38-30.
- 2008 Capital One Bowl: Chad Henne threw for 373 yards and Michigan beat Heisman-winner Tim Tebow 41-35 in Lloyd Carr’s final game as coach.