The Teams: Michigan (5-1) vs. Indiana
(3-3) The History: Michigan holds a 52-9 all-time advantage
in the series and has not lost to the Hoosiers since 1987. The Depth Charts:Indiana
and Michigan The Place: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor The Time: 3:30 p.m. EST The Line: Michigan -11 The Broadcast: BTN The Updates:Follow
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"Offensively, they're lead by their quarterback. He leads
the team in rushing, but he's not really a running
quarterback. He does a nice job of going through
progressions and scrambling out to extend plays. They have
two great receiving threats in Gallon and Funchess, who's a
kid we tried to recruit here. He's a great player.
"Defensively, they're very good up front, with Clark, Black.
Quality players up front. They're really stout."
-- Indiana coach Kevin Wilson breaking down the Wolverines.
By the Numbers
TheWolverine.com speaks with Indiana play-by-play
commentator Don Fischer, who has called Hoosiers games
for more than 40 years, about Saturday's game. Click
listen to the podcast.
Staff Predictions: What do the staff members of
TheWolverine.com think will happen Saturday afternoon? Click here to
Matchups: TheWolverine.com takes a look at the
most important matchups on the field, including the
battle at the line of scrimmagae and the secondary vs.
Indiana's pass game.
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The number of passing plays of 20 or more yards the Hoosiers
have racked up offensively (ninth nationally). The
Wolverines are 59th nationally in passing plays of 20-plus
yards surrenered (19). 216.5: The number of rushing yards per
game that Indiana has given up this year. The Hoosiers rank
No. 110 nationally in rushing defense, which could be big,
considering the Wolverines are fighting through their own
struggles in the running game. 331.5: The Indiana offense's average
passing yards per game (No. 13 nationally). The Wolverines
will give up some yards through the air - but they have to
stay in front and make solid open-field tackles.
1. The Interior Offensive Line:
The Wolverines interior offensive line has been one of the
main sources of criticism this week, after giving up 11
tackles for loss against the Nittany Lions. Before the
Minnesota game, the coaches mixed things up, moving redshirt
sophomore Graham Glasgow from left guard to center and
placing redshirt sophomore Chris Bryant at left guard.
Redshirt junior Joey Burzynski replaced Bryant in the middle
of the Penn State game - and true freshman Kyle Bosch and
redshirt freshman offensive tackle Erik Magnuson, who has
been taking reps at guard in practice, are vying for playing
time at left guard, as the Wolverines try to find the best
starting five they can.
2. Thomas Gordon,
fifth-year senior strong safety: With the Hoosiers'
propensity to throw downfield, the Gordon and sophomore free
safety Jarrod Wilson are going to be very important in this
game. They have to be there to lend support to cornerbacks
Blake Countess, Raymon Taylor and Courtney Avery, because
Indiana can sling it around. The Hoosiers have 83 passing
plays that have covered at least 10 yards (which ranks
3. Nate Sudfeld, redshirt
freshman quarterback: The Hoosiers had a serious
quarterback competition in the fall, and most pundits
suspected either redshirt sophomore Tre Roberson, the 2012
starter before a broken leg sidelined him, or junior Cameron
Coffman, who was effective in replacing Roberson last year.
But Sudfeld won the job and has been lighting up offenses,
passing for 267.3 yards per game with 13 touchdowns and six
interceptions. He's going to be slinging it around all
4. Devin Funchess,
sophomore tight end: Is Funchess still technically a
"tight end"? If he has a few more games like last weekend's,
in which he lined up all over the field and beat several
cornerbacks while split wide, he might need a new title. The
Wolverines have searched for another weapon in the passing
game besides fifth-year senior Jeremy Gallon, and they may
have finally found it. Funchess' progress will force
defenses to lighten up on Gallon, who has received a ton of
attention in the last few weeks from opposing secondaries.
5. Cody Latimer, junior
wide receiver: Latimer came into the game with huge
expectations, but looked disappointing and catching just
five passes for 73 yards in the Hoosiers' first two games.
Since then, however, Latimer has exploded. In three of the
last four games, he has racked up at least 136 yards through
the air. Last week against Michigan State's stout secondary,
he hauled in seven catches for 58 yards and a score.