The Rose Bowl: Texas vs. Michigan: The "X-Factors"

NFL Draft Analyst Allen Trieu has been studying (along with GBW's Josh Turel) the top Michigan and Texas players. Once again Allen to take a break from preparing for the NFL Combine to give GoBlueWolverine an <b>impartial preview</b> of the <b>Wolverines vs.Longhorns</b> matchup.<br><br> Here is the first of several reports from Trieu and Turel: on Texas vs. Michigan: <b>Gamebreakers, Individual Matchups, <i>, X-Factors</i>, and more!</b><br><br> Today: <b><i>THE X-FACTORS</i></b><br>

THE X-FACTORS: perhaps not the headliners, nevertheless these guys could make the difference in the game!

Texas Offense: WR Limas Sweed. Texas hasn't had much production from the WR position this year, but they have high hopes that Sweed is their next star wideout. Only a redshirt freshman, he has the size and athleticism to be so, but has only shown flashes to this point. A big Rose Bowl game for him could be a great springboard into next season.

Texas Defense: FS Michael Huff. He is the Longhorns' best player in the secondary. He has great quickness and has shown very hands. He'll likely help over the top of whoever is on Braylon Edwards and how well he performs in that role will be huge.

Michigan Offense: QB Chad Henne. He's oh so talented and he has been excellent at times; and he has looked like true freshman are supposed to look at others. The long preparation time could help Henne, as he is still learning on the job. What's hurt him is the tendency to hold onto the ball too long and take sacks and also sacrificing accuracy for velocity on his short balls.

Michigan Defense: DT Alan Branch. With Larry Harrison suspended, this true freshman must step up. Gabe Watson is going to see a lot of double teams and that will free up Branch for opportunities to make big plays. If he, Watson and Pat Massey can control the interior and take away Cedric Benson, that would be gigantic for Michigan.

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