Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Indiana

The Detroit News

Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan-Indiana game.

Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock is coming off one of his best games in the Wolverines' 49-16 victory over Rutgers last week.

Angelique Chengelis: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh referred to Indiana as a “dangerous” team and no doubt the Hoosiers are explosive offensively. If only Indiana could find a defense that was equally as capable of being a game-changer. Michigan’s defense, particularly the secondary, will get its biggest test of the season. Michigan 38-28

Matt Charboneau: The No. 1 offense in the Big Ten against the No. 1 defense could get interesting, and Indiana has the benefit of running its fast-paced scoring attack at home against a Michigan team still looking to play its way into the conference championship game. The Hoosiers have the ability to keep this one close and an upset wouldn’t be a complete shock, but the Wolverines offense should do enough to keep Michigan in the East Division race. Michigan 34-27

Bob Wojnowski: The Wolverines are better, but they’re not good enough to feel comfortable against any opponent on the road. Indiana scores and scares good teams, and QB Nate Sudfeld will challenge Michigan’s excellent secondary. The success of the Wolverines hinges on the continued development of their offense, and more plays for Jabrill Peppers. QB Jake Rudock is coming off his best game, and should have more fun against a porous defense. Michigan 37-27

John Niyo: Indiana’s undoing has been one of Michigan’s strengths. And while the Hoosiers have played the Big Ten’s best better than most, another fourth-quarter escape seems about right. Michigan 31-27