Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Derrick Green (27) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Michigan Football: Indiana at Michigan -- Preview -- What May Happen

GBMWolverine What May HappenPosted at 10:00pm — 10/18/2013

Michigan Football: Indiana at Michigan — Preview — What May Happen

Indiana vs. Michigan Preview

Last week GBMWolverine warned that Michigan would try to run the ball and this might be a foolish move. Instead, go to the friendly sky. Michigan could not run and then went to the air for two more turnovers.

There is no doubt Coach Hoke is fuming about the lack of a running game, rapidly becoming one of the worst in the Midwest, even with the recent personnel changes. Running Fitz play after play for literally nothing remains throwing downs down the drain.

Oct 12, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfeld (7) drops back to pass against the Michigan State Spartans defense during the second half in a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 42-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana, 3-3 has given up plenty of points. But with the right match-ups, Indiana can score plenty of points. Indiana has a very efficient passing game and the running backs are averaging well over 5 yards a carry. On paper and film this game looks like a mismatch, Indiana’s way, except for one factor, Indiana’s defense. This defense can be run upon, and that is how teams have run up big point totals on Indiana. Indiana will not be shut out, so Michigan’s offense must take advantage of every opportunity and put points on the board. It may take into the 30’s range to win, perhaps the high thirties, baring rain.

If Michigan comes out on the same bullheaded mission of run, run, and run until the team can run, then the results better be good. Otherwise, it could be a bad day at bedrock. Pretty simple, Michigan will try and run, but if the team cannot accomplish this goal two items are worth note: (1) Michigan better go to the air and throw caution to the wind, and (2) if Michigan cannot run on Indiana things look a little gloomier for the season unless the defense comes around.

Indiana has decent speed on offense and will try and pick on Michigan’s identified weaknesses. Watch for quick passes on the edge and the deep ball to loosen up the corners. Look for slants if Michigan plays two deep safeties. Look for isolation on the linebackers, including the backs, who could hurt Michigan is a serious manner.

Which defense plays better and prevents the big play may determine the game. Of course, there is this thing called turnovers as well.

Regardless, this is a great group of student athletes and this team deserves plenty of fan support.

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