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No. 19 Michigan opens Big Ten play vs Minnesota

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Devin Gardner has turned the ball over seven times in two games, making Michigan vulnerable to being upset.

Minnesota hopes to help Gardner continue the trend.

The 19th-ranked Wolverines host Minnesota in their Big Ten opener Saturday.

Golden Gophers safety Cedric Thompson says Gardner panics a lot and just throws the ball when he scrambles. Gardner says he deserves to be criticized because of how poorly he has played lately.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke plans to help Gardner by taking pressure off him with a running game that doesn't include him being a primary ball carrier. Hoke is expected to shake up his inexperienced, interior offensive line by benching center Jack Miller, shifting Graham Glasgow from left guard to center and putting Chris Bryant in Glasgow's spot.

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