Michigan vs. Indiana preview: No looking ahead

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Angelique S. Chengelis breaks down Saturday's Michigan-Indiana game at Michigan Stadium (3:30, ESPN/WWJ).

Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales leads the Big Ten with 71 solo tackles.

Hoosiers to watch

Tegray Scales, LB: He leads the team with 94 tackles (71 solo, No. 1 Big Ten, No. 2 nationally) and 15 for loss (No. 11 nationally). Scales also has four sacks (No. 1 team), a pick-six and forced fumble. He also had a streak of six straight games with double-digit tackles snapped against Rutgers.

Richard Lagow, QB: A JC transfer, he has started all 10 games and is 214-for-351 for 2,866 yards and 20 TDs (17 passing, two rushing, one receiving). He is No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing yards (No. 15 nationally) and ranks fifth school history in season passing yardage.

Devine Redding, RB: Sixth in the Big Ten with 901 rushing yards, he is 99 yards shy of the 18th 1,000-yard season in program history, his second straight. Redding would become the fourth Hoosiers back to record back-to-back 1,000+-yard seasons and first since Vaughn Dunbar (1990-91).


A new starter: Although Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh  has said it will be a game-time decision on QB Wilton Speight  (shoulder), bank on John O’Korn  starting. The last time O’Korn started a full season was 2013 and early 2014 at Houston.

Angry Wolverines? Indiana is the only team to face a Michigan team coming off a loss. The players say they fully intend to rebound from the upset at Iowa. Plus, Indiana has not had much luck against Michigan in Ann Arbor — it has lost the last 18 games.

Fast start: Michigan has, except for last week, gotten out to fast starts in the first half — it has outscored opponents 274-46 the first two quarters this season. And with the likelihood of a new quarterback starting for the first time, getting ahead quickly is key.

Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Indiana

Emotional seniors: The Wolverines have 28 fourth- and 15 fifth-year seniors — for most, their final game at Michigan Stadium.

Crazy weather, means … After a near-70-degree day Friday, the temperatures are expected to drop about 30 degrees and there is a 40 percent chance of rain. The wind, however, is supposed to be about 23 mph with stronger gusts. This will make Michigan’s run game a priority.

Facts and figures

■ For the most part, Michigan has had its way with Indiana, leading the series 55-9 . Michigan has won the last 20 over Indiana, and is 22-0 when ranked in the top 10.

■ When Indiana faces No. 4 Michigan, it will be its fourth game against a top-10 team. That’s the first time that has happened in program history.

■ Indiana is holding its opponents to 392 yards, an improvement on the 117.5 from last season. The Hoosiers also have limited opponents to 78.0 fewer passing yards and 9.2 fewer points (10th).

■  Indiana has beaten a ranked opponent — Michigan State. It was Indiana’s first win over a ranked opponent since Sept. 20, 2014 (Missouri). Indiana last defeated a ranked Big Ten opponent Oct. 14, 2006 (Iowa).

■ Indiana has nine plays from scrimmage that have gone 50-plus yards, No. 2 in the Big Ten, No. 20 nationally. The offense has 170 plays of 10-plus yard (No. 2 Big Ten), 56 of 20-plus (No. 4), 27 of 30-plus (No. 3) and 18 of 40-plus (No. 2).