Indiana: Players to watch

Tevin Coleman, RB: The junior is leading the nation in pretty much every rushing category — total yards (1,192), average rush per carry (8.8), 100-yard rushing games and average per game (170.3). He is a dynamic back.

Zander Diamont, QB: With Nate Sudfeld out with a season-ending shoulder injury, Diamont has had to step in. He made his first start against Michigan State before a bye. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder was 5-for-15 for 11 yards against the Spartans and had a nine-yard TD run.

Mark Murphy, S: The Hoosiers active leader in tackles with 257, the four-year starter has three career INTs. He has missed one game. Indiana, however, is last in pass defense in the Big Ten.


Slow the run: Michigan's run defense is supposed to be the strength of the team, but Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford rushed for 177 yards and three TDs last week, and Minnesota RB David Cobb had 183 yards rushing against the Wolverines.

Protect the football: This point keeps being made because it has to be made. Michigan is minus-14 in turnover margin, which ranks it 124th nationally. QB Devin Gardner had two INTs and a fumble against Michigan State.

Find a rhythm: QB Devin Gardner and his receivers need to find some confidence after offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said there were seven dropped passes against Michigan State. Indiana is last in pass defense in the Big Ten, so this could be the time for Michigan's pass offense to find a rhythm.

Focus on the QB: It will be a tough task to slow RB Tevin Coleman, but to have success, Michigan's defense will have to go after Indiana QB Zander Diamont, who is young and inexperienced and in charge of the offense after Nate Sudfeld's season-ending shoulder injury. Diamont threw for 11 yards in his first game as a starter two weeks ago against Michigan State.

Playing for a bowl: Michigan has four games remaining and needs to win three to become bowl eligible. Beating Indiana has been the focus all week, according to the players, but their ultimate goal, they said, is reaching a bowl. Michigan can't slip up against Indiana, considering two of the next three games are on the road — Northwestern and Ohio State.

Facts and figures

■ Tevin Coleman's per-rush average of 8.8 yards is on pace to set the FBS record (Nebraska's Mike Rozier, 7.81 in 1983).

■ Michigan is 124th nationally in turnover margin (minus-14).

■ The Hoosiers have allowed plenty of points — 34.9 average — the worst scoring defense in the Big Ten.

■ The last time Indiana beat Michigan in Ann Arbor was Oct. 21, 1967.

■ Michigan is averaging 20.4 points, last in the Big Ten.