Friday, November 13, 2015

Lazy Man's Michigan Preview: Indiana


Nebraska pulled through and made our dreams a little closer to becoming reality last weekend with their upset of Michigan State. If Ohio State takes care of the Spartans next week, and Michigan handles its business, it’ll be on to Indianapolis to face the Hawkeyes in the B1G Championship game.

But first, Indiana…

(14) Michigan Wolverines (7-2, 4-1 B1G) @ Indiana Hoosiers (4-5, 0-5 B1G)
Memorial Stadium, Saturday 11/14, 12:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2

Good Jake Rudock came to play last week. Could it be that things have finally clicked for Michigan’s QB? I’m going to stay optimistic and say, “yes”.

Not that this week will tell us anything; the Hoosier defense is terrible at football. Michigan should stay in rhythm this week and maybe even bolster its running stats against the porous Indiana run defense.

Here is where I get a little nervous.

Indiana’s offense is actually really good. According to FEI, it is the best offense Michigan has faced so far this season and should be a good test for the Michigan secondary. Quarterback, Nate Sudfeld, may not be the same NFL caliber as Conner Cook, but he still slings the ball around pretty well.

That said; Iowa, Michigan State, Penn state and Ohio State all held the Hoosiers under 27 points and Michigan’s defense has shown it is better than theirs. I expect the Hoosiers to move the ball on some big plays, but hopefully safeties Dymonte Thomas, Jarrod Wilson and Delano Hill will keep those plays in front of them to prevent any long touchdowns.

Special Teams
With Jabrill Peppers getting so many snaps on offense and defense, we’ve seen some new faces in the return game and CB Jourdan Lewis showed some promise as a returner last week. Michigan should continue to dominate with special teams play this week.

Indiana is a completely one-sided football team. Michigan has dominated teams that are not well-rounded. This should be a game in which their offense has a field day. However, I do think Indiana will show some flashes when they have the ball, which will keep Michigan from shutting it down too early.

At the end of the day, Michigan’s defense is good enough to prevent a shoot-out and the Wolverines win comfortably on the road.

Michigan 48 - 20

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