ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No surprise here: Shea Patterson is Michigan's starting quarterback.
But backup Dylan McCaffrey also seems to be in coach Jim Harbaugh's plans.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis (all times local):
ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan probably will need more than one running back to replace Karan Higdon in Saturday's Peach Bowl against Florida.
The leadership void left by Higdon's exit may be even more difficult to fill.
"Karan was our guy, our offensive leader, and we all kind of followed him," quarterback Shea Patterson said Thursday of Higdon, the team's leading rusher and offensive captain.
ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty has become the Wolverines' fourth draft-eligible player to pull out of Saturday's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against No. 10 Florida.
Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed to The Associated Press that Bushell-Beatty, a fifth-year senior, elected to miss the game.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan running back Karan Higdon says he'll skip the Peach Bowl.
Higdon, a senior who has rushed for 1,178 yards this season, said on Instagram on Thursday that it is in his best interests to miss the game to prepare to pursue an NFL career.
The eighth-ranked Wolverines face 10th-ranked Florida in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 29.
Michigan (11-2, Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) vs. Florida (9-3, SEC, No. 10 CFP), Dec. 29
Michigan: RB Karan Higdon is Big Ten's second-leading rusher with 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Florida: DL Jachai Polite has 16 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks, to rank third in the SEC in both categories.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Michigan running back Karan Higdon pondered the question for a moment, smirked and glanced up at tight end Zach Gentry next to him. Then Higdon leaned forward to the microphone and predicted a Michigan victory over Ohio State.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Wolverines looked like they were peeking ahead to playing Ohio State, turning an expected rout into a closely contested game.
Karan Higdon ran for a go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter and Jake Moody set a school record with six field goals, helping No. 4 Michigan beat Indiana 31-20 Saturday.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Shea Patterson has stamped Michigan a national title contender.
Patterson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Karan Higdon ran for a pair of 1-yard scores and the fourth-ranked Wolverines routed Rutgers 42-7 on Saturday for their ninth straight win.
Patterson threw darts in swirling winds in front of thousands of fans bundled in Michigan colors. Up ahead, another week with national title hopes in the Big House.
No. 4 Michigan (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) at Rutgers (1-8, 0-6), 3:30 p.m. EST (Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's offensive line has been much maligned in recent years, getting the brunt of criticism for an offense without a consistent running or passing game.
"The narrative has been going on ever since I've been here that the Michigan offensive line hasn't been up to the standards that people outside this building would like," senior offensive tackle Jon Runyan said. "We take that personally."
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan running back Karan Higdon packed on about 15 pounds on muscle during the offseason, hoping the extra weight would help him give and take a pounding.
Higdon had a career-high 30 carries, ran for 115 yards and scored two touchdowns to help the Wolverines rally from a 17-point deficit to beat Northwestern 20-17.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Facing a large early deficit on the road and struggling on both sides of the ball, Michigan appeared headed for a frustrating loss.
The players, though, said they never doubted they would rally.
Karan Higdon ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, Shea Patterson threw 196 yards and No. 14 Michigan overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Northwestern 20-17 in Saturday night.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan was very motivated to beat Nebraska, using Scott Frost's words against him.
Karan Higdon ran for 136 yards and a touchdown in the first half to help the 19th-ranked Wolverines build a huge lead and they coasted to a 56-10 victory Saturday.
No. 21 Michigan (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) at Maryland (4-5, 2-4), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Michigan by 13 ½.
Series record: Michigan leads 5-1
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Wolverines still have a shot at winning the East Division and playing in the Big Ten title game. For that to happen, beating the Terrapins is a must. Maryland hasn't been eliminated from bowl eligibility, but needs to win two of its last three.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — After all the hand wringing this season over Michigan's quarterback play, the passing game became an afterthought last weekend.
With 371 yards rushing against Minnesota, the Wolverines might have won no matter who was taking the snaps, and although that type of performance may be hard to replicate, it did give No. 21 Michigan a blueprint for how the team might be able to finish strong against a tough November schedule.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan took the ball out of Brandon Peters' hands, and the plan worked out perfectly.
Karan Higdon ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Evans added 191 yards rushing and two more scores, helping the Wolverines pull away to beat Minnesota 33-10 Saturday night.
"We've just really been focusing on the run game," offensive tackle Mason Cole said. "We knew we had the backs to do it."
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Karan Higdon has been delivering the goods for a long time.
The junior running back posted career highs in carries (25), rushing yardage (200) and touchdowns (three) as No. 19 Michigan beat Indiana 27-20 in overtime on Saturday. Higdon became the first Michigan back to rush for 200 yards in a game since Mike Hart in 2007. Second on the team with 410 rushing yards on a team-high 70 carries, Higdon is steadily emerging as Michigan's go-to back.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Karan Higdon ran 25 yards for a touchdown for No. 17 Michigan on the first play of overtime and Tyree Kinnel intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone on the final play, helping the Wolverines hold off Indiana 27-20 on Saturday.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Karan Higdon was the only thing really working for Michigan's offense. The defense did its part all day for the Wolverines.
Higdon ran 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of overtime for No. 17 Michigan and Tyree Kinnel intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone on the final play as the Wolverines held off Indiana 27-20 on Saturday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh rarely, if ever, says someone is like him.
DJ Durkin is an exception.
"Does things at a very high level with a lot of enthusiasm," Harbaugh said when asked about Durkin. "Kindred spirit."
Harbaugh hired Durkin to be his first defensive coordinator last year at Michigan, reuniting with one of the key members from his staff at Stanford.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight took a beating last week against Colorado. This week, he spent most of the day standing back and watching his teammates do all the work.
De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.