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Michigan Football: 3 potential X-factors against Colorado State

 Michigan football opens the 2022 season against Colorado State on Saturday and here are three X-factors for the Wolverines.

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The 2022 Michigan football team will try to win back-to-back Big Ten championships and, ideally, make it back to the College Football Playoff. Here are three potential game-changing circumstances for the Wolverines vs. Colorado State matchup on Saturday at home.

No. 3: Blake Corum, 

It's not surprising, in my opinion, that Corum made this list. He's unquestionably one of the top three running backs in the Big Ten and possibly among the top five in the nation.

Corum is a player that is always feared on the field because of his outstanding ball-catching skills, natural strength, and cunning.

Corum just finished a season in which he gained 150 receiving yards in addition to roughly 1,000 yards on the ground. Last season, Corum also scored 12 touchdowns, 11 of which came on the run.

The elusive back is the offense's featured back and ought to have more carries and touches than Donovan Edwards.

No. 2: Cade McNamara

The stakes are high for Cade McNamara on Saturday because Jim Harbaugh has chosen to give both of them a chance to establish themselves as the starter, starting Cade in week one and J.J. McCarthy in week two.

Cade is aware that he must show up and play on Saturday. He usually directs an effective offense that commits few to no turnovers and moves the ball down the field methodically.

Nobody is counting on McNamara to start hurling the ball for 400 yards and touchdowns, but if Michigan football can't establish the run, he needs to have an arm as a backup.

No. 1: Ronnie Bell

Bell will don the Michigan Wolverines uniform on Saturday for the first time since the Western Michigan game in 2021, marking the long-awaited return of the wide receiver for the Wolverines.

He wants to regain his position as the Wolverines' catches, yards, and touchdown leader. Bell has a chance to be named to the First Team All-Big Ten and is a dark-horse candidate for the Biletnikoff prize.