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Indiana @ Michigan (Homecoming)

Michigan Stadium

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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Filet Mignon
Potato Surprise
Texas Two Bean Salad
Asian Slaw

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.


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Craig's Prediction

37-21

Steve's Prediction

31-21

Tim's Prediction

35-17


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