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Game Preview: Indiana Hoosiers @ Michigan Wolverines

INDIANA HOOSIERS (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) @ No. 3 MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten)

WHERE: Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, MI

KICKOFF: 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

WEATHER: Rain and snow showers. Temperature falling to around 34 by 4pm. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

LINE: MICH -25

OVER/UNDER: 50


Stop the presses, the Michigan Wolverines lost a football game and are out of the College Football Playoff picture!… Just kidding. Relax, Michigan fans. Win out, and this is a complete non-issue. Michigan is still perceived as one of the best in the country. And with a top-tier defense, they can hang with just about anybody. A Big Ten crown with wins over rival Ohio State and likely Wisconsin (again) in the conference title game will undoubtedly put them in the football Final Four, if you will.

The only question heading into Saturday’s game for Michigan is the quarterback situation. It appears that Wilton Speight will be ruled out and in comes John O’Korn. The Houston transfer as a backup has gotten into seven games this year, partly because Michigan has been opening up a can on their opponents. He’s 13/18 for 114 yards and two touchdown passes. It will also be interesting to see how the Wolverines respond from a disappointing performance in Iowa City a week ago.

THE OPPONENT:

The Indiana Hoosiers and their high-octane offense has been a problem for a lot of teams this year. Oddly enough though, the offensive attack has not always translated to points. They have a top-20 passing game on the season, but a pedestrian ground game (164.6 YPG – 77th) to pair with the aerial attack has led to a lack in the scoring department (27.5 PPG – 74th). Add all that up with a middling scoring defense and what you have is a .500 Hoosier football club.

The offense has clicked as of late though, hanging 30+ in the last three games albeit two of them against Maryland and Rutgers. The Wolverines have yet to allow 30 points in a game this year. Colorado came close when they put up 28 back in September.

To say Michigan has owned the all-time series would be an understatement. They hold a 55-9 advantage over the Hoosiers, 39-4 as Big Ten foes. Michigan has also won 20… yes, 2-0, straight meetings over IU. We have to go all the way back to 1987 when Indiana got the better of the Wolverines.

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