Indiana vs. Michigan fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 17
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Indiana (5-5) vs. Michigan (9-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Indiana Will Win
Yeah, it’s Michigan’s final home game of the year, but …
There’s that big game coming up next week that a few people might be interested in.
So how do possibly beat this Michigan team and its amazing defense?
Forget running the ball – that’s not going to work for the Hoosiers. It’ll take a whole lot of quick-hitting passes from a quarterback who can move just enough to not get killed.
No one’s thinking Peyton Ramsey is the next Patrick Mahomes, and there aren’t enough big pass plays down the field, but he’s able to hit the midrange throws and he’s able to keep the chains moving.
A 67% passer on the year, he’ll give up interceptions, but he can get hot, he’ll take what the defense gives him, and he won’t get greedy.
Yeah, the Michigan defense has been destruction against anyone trying to do anything consistently well with the passing game, but Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson was able to have a little bit of success – it all comes down to being patient and knowing there won’t be any yards after the catch.
IU has to convert on third downs – it’s good at that – and it has to take the ball away.
It’s great at that.
The Hoosiers lead the nation with 13 fumble recoveries. To pull this off, they’re going to need to force several mistakes. But …
One Reason Why Michigan Will Win
Michigan just doesn’t screw up.
The Wolverines might get a ton of love for their defense, and the offense has been good enough and balanced enough to get the job done. But it’s the lack of big mistakes that have been one of the keys to the season.
Michigan hasn’t thrown an interception in four games, and Shea Patterson has given away just four on the season. There were two fumbles against Michigan State, one in the opener against Notre Dame, and that’s been it.
And, okay … it’s a nice notion that Indiana and Ramsey might be able to throw just well enough to keep things moving a bit. But the Wolverine defensive back seven isn’t giving up a thing.
No one has been able to complete half of their passes over the last four games, and that includes Penn State’s Trace McSorley and Wisconsin’s Alex Hornibrook. And when they do hit their throws, the passes go absolutely nowhere.
This game is just about surviving and advancing to Ohio State. Rely on the defense, don’t turn the ball over, and run, run, run.
After only running for 42 yards – but with two touchdowns – against Rutgers, Higdon should be a lock for his seventh 100-yard game of the year. The Indiana run defense is okay, but not a brick wall.
What’s Going To Happen
Michigan will come out and take care of business right away.
It’s Senior Day, and while that doesn’t always translate into sure-thing wins, the team will come out focused, score on its first two drives, and put it in cruise control the rest of the way.
There’s no need for the Revenge Tour here. Michigan has won 22 straight in the seres going back to 1987. The dream doesn’t die – if it ever does – this week.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Michigan 42, Indiana 13
Line: Michigan -28.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
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