Michigan Football: 4 Storylines to Follow as U-M Prepares for UNLV

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Next up for the Michigan football team is UNLV. Here are four storylines to follow as the game approaches.

Sep 12, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan football quarterback Jake Rudock (15) passes the ball over Oregon State Beavers cornerback Devin Chappell (26) in the first quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long time since the Michigan football team was a true “prohibitive favorite.”

You could have chosen last season’s opening (52-14) win over Appalachian State, but anyone who remembers the Mountaineers 34-32 upset win over Michigan in 2007 must have been a little nervous.

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The Wolverines (1-1, 0-0) enter Saturday’s matchup (Sep. 19, noon, The Big House) as 34-point favorites over Nevada-Las Vegas . The lowly Rebels, who averaged just three wins over the last five years, finished 2-11 last season (1-7 Mountain West) and are 0-2 this fall, including a 37-3 loss to No. 8 UCLA.

To make matters worse, UNLV may be without starting quarterback Blake Decker who suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s loss to the Bruins and is considered day-to-day.   Junior QB Kurt Palandech is expected to start in Ann Arbor.

With Michigan winning 34-10 over Oregon State last Saturday, several positive stories came out of Ann Arbor. Let’s leaf through the slides to see how some of them are progressing.

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