Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan is the top prospect to watch in Saturday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)
BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski
Michigan (7-5) is coming off a last-minute loss to archrival Ohio State on a failed two-point conversion attempt as it heads into the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Saturday, 10:15 p.m., ESPN). It was the best the Wolverine offense looked all season but was yet another loss in a long and disappointing season. Similarly, Kansas State (7-5) struggled through an up and down season after losing some key players to the NFL draft, and will be back in Tempe, Arizona for its second straight appearance in this bowl game.
Despite disappointing seasons for both teams, Saturday will be a chance for them to head into the offseason on a high note.
If Kansas State can push the Michigan offensive line back, as opponents have against the Wolverines all season to the tune of 108 tackles for loss (most allowed in the FBS), the Wildcats could put pressure on freshman quarterback Shane Morris, who is being forced into action after Devin Gardner broke his foot. But if Michigan is able to get its playmakers like Jeremy Gallon, Devin Funchess and Fitzgerald Toussaint into space, it could take the pressure off its line and its young quarterback and really open the game up.