Michigan Football: What to watch for Wolverines against Indiana

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Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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Can Michigan re-establish their running game?

One of the reasons why the Wolverines lost to Michigan State was because their running game never really got going.

Michigan football was held to 146 rushing yards, but some of that came from J.J. McCarthy scrambling. Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins were held in check for the entire game, and that was one reason why Cade was forced to throw the ball as many times as he did.

Look for Josh Gattis to have Michigan try to re-establish the running game.

The only concern with this is that Indiana held Kenneth Walker III in check for the entire game (like 84 yards) a few weeks ago when Michigan State played Indiana.

Indiana is going to stack the box against Michigan as they did against MSU, so it will be important for Michigan’s offensive line to generate push up front and create holes for the backs to run through.

The tight ends will need to play a clean game as well for Blake and Hassan to have a good game.

Being able to rush the football effectively can really wear down opposing team’s defenses over time and it allows Michigan to open up their passing game and take shots down the field as well.