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Indiana @ Michigan (Homecoming)
November 1, 2014 - 3:30 p.m. ET
It is Homecoming at the University of Michigan and the opponent is the Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana has one of the best rushing attacks in the nation and RB Tevin Coleman leads the NCAA with 170.3 yards per game. But the Hoosiers lost their starting quarterback and have one of the worst defenses in the nation. Last year, these teams combined for 110 points and 1132 yards of total offense in a 63-47 Michigan victory. This should be a bounce back game for Michigan, especially in the Big House.
Since losing QB Nate Sudfeld, Indiana has become a one-dimensional offense. Coleman continues to get his yards, but the replacements for Sudfeld, Freshman Zander Diamont and Freshman Chris Covington, have combined for 42 passing yards on 8 completions in 27 attempts with two interceptions. IU has committed the most penalties in the Big Ten. Coleman is averaging 8.8 yards per carry. If he can maintain that average over IUís final 5 games, he will smash the all-time NCAA record, currently held by Mike Rozier at Nebraska in 1983 with a 7.81 average per carry. Without a threat of a passing game, Michigan will stack the line to stop the run.
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The Indiana defense is last in the conference in pass defense and yields 452 yards per game in total offense. They have given up 34.9 points per game, also last in the Big Ten. The special teams are average and the Hoosiers have a negative turnover margin. There isnít much to like about Indiana, with the exception of Tevin Coleman.
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Michigan will need to find some offense and the lowly Hoosiers defense may just be the recipe. If the defense can slow down Tevin Coleman and not give up the long run, this could be a comfortable game for the Wolverines. But with a bye week last week, one of the two freshman quarterbacks had a chance to learn the playbook and get reps with the first team. Indiana did beat Missouri this year, on the road, so they are capable. Devin Gardner threw for 503 yards against Indiana last year Ė the all-time Michigan record. Donít expect a repeat performance but look for Michigan to build some confidence on offense.
Michigan is 53-9 all-time against Indiana including 18 in a row and 32-1 since the start of the Bo era at Michigan.
The Wolverines are a 7 point favorite.
Great Moments in Wolverines - Hoosiers History
- 1975: Michigan rushes for 490 yards behind Ron Lytleís 147 yards and 4 TDs and Gordon Bellís 105 yards. It was the 3rd straight game that Lytle and Bell each rushed for over 100 yards.
- 1979: John Wangler to Anthony Carter on the final play. It is one of the greatest plays in Michigan history.
- 1991: Desmond Howard scored 3 TDs on the way to winning the Heisman.
- 2010: Denard Robinson rushes for 217 yards and passes for 277 yards. It was the most total offense for a Michigan player in a game, untilÖ
- 2013: Devin Gardnerís 503 passing yards and 81 rushing yards breaks the Michigan record for most total offense in a game. The 584 total yards missed the all-time Big Ten record by one yard. The 751 yards for Michigan was its most ever in a game and the 2nd most ever in Big Ten history.