Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Indiana
Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's Michigan vs. Indiana game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor (4 p.m., FS1/950).
Angelique S. Chengelis: Yes, Indiana has played Michigan close the last three years. That has been something Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh undoubtedly has stressed, to keep his team focused on this game and not looking ahead to Ohio State. The Hoosiers are pesky and will give Michigan a game for the better part of a half, but the Wolverines will do what they do and will begin to dominate before Indiana has a chance to catch its breath. Michigan, 38-6
Matt Charboneau: The Hoosiers have been known to give favored teams problems over the years, Michigan included. However, there is nothing about this matchup that says it will be anything more than a tune-up for the Wolverines as they get set to head to Columbus next week. Expect Michigan’s defense to continue to be dominant. The UM offense will take advantage of a subpar Hoosiers defense. Michigan, 41-17
John Niyo: Indiana has won once in 50 years against Michigan. That won’t change against this defense. But the Wolverines might need to use a few more pages out of their offensive playbook than they did a week ago against Rutgers. Michigan, 38-10
Bob Wojnowski: The Hoosiers’ spread offense can be dangerous, and QB Peyton Ramsey can get hot. And Indiana has taken Michigan to overtime twice in the past three meetings. Beyond that, the Wolverines have too much at stake and too dominant of a defense to let up. Jim Harbaugh will play it conservatively on offense, protecting Shea Patterson, but the defense will let it rip. The weather might help keep it close for a while, but not for long. Michigan, 40-10