Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer is second in the Big Ten with 35 receptions. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)
When: 3:30 Saturday
Keys to the game
Michigan is coming off its first loss. The mantra this week has been simple: ďDonít let Penn State beat you twice.Ē The Wolverines havenít forgotten about the loss, but they want to move on quickly. What better way to do that than to get out to a quick start against Indiana.
Establish the run
We keep saying that week after week, and it has been difficult for Michiganís running backs, primarily Fitz Toussaint, to find any consistency. So instead of establishing the run, the issue is finding consistency and push from the offensive line. There could be another change this week at left guard.
Michigan saw two weeks ago against Minnesota how much better the offense clicks when there are no turnovers. Michigan had three turnovers in the first half at Penn State and was in a 21-10 halftime hole. The bottom line is this: Avoid the turnovers and more than likely you wonít be in a hole.
Indiana runs a high-tempo offense utilizing two quarterbacks, Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson. It will be key for Michiganís defense to stay on its toes and rotate as often as possible to keep fresh bodies on the field. This offense (second in Big Ten, 504.3 yards) will present a test to Michiganís defensive backs. The Hoosiers are first in the Big Ten in passing offense (331.5 yards a game).
Give Gardner a break
QB Devin Gardner has been asked to do plenty to keep the Michigan offense afloat. He leads the Big Ten in total offense (285.8 yards a game), but this is a game where the supporting cast must take on more responsibility. Gardner needs a game like Minnesota two weeks ago during which he was not asked to carry the load in the run game.
Know the foe
Why play one quarterback when two are effective? Thatís Indianaís logic, as it plays sophomores Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson. Sudfeld has thrown for 1,604 yards, 13 TDs and six INTs, but Roberson can hurt a team with his legs.
Stick to the air
The Hoosiers have several weapons, but Cody Latimer is the receiver to watch. Heís second in the Big Ten in receptions with 35, and has 544 yards and three TDs. Indiana is averaging 331.5 yards passing to lead the Big Ten, and the Hoosiers are running one play every 19.6 seconds.
Indianaís strength isnít in the run game, offensively or defensively. Against the run, the Hoosiers are last in the Big Ten (216.5 yards) and 10th on offense (172.8 yards) and rely mostly on Tevin Coleman. He has 557 yards on 91 carries and is tied for the Big Ten lead with eight TDs.
We all know what a team did a year ago, two years ago, 30 years ago means little to a current team in terms of performance. But history is on Michiganís side in the Indiana series. Michigan has won 17 straight over Indiana dating to 1987. And Indiana has not won at Michigan Stadium since 1967.
Home sweet home
Michigan has settled in at home and boasts an 18-game winning streak, the longest active streak among BCS teams. The timing couldnít be better for a home game for the Wolverines, coming off a tough road loss.