Michigan had two weeks to prepare for Michigan State, but it didn’t matter one bit as the offense couldn’t move the ball and the defense couldn’t hold up. Now Michigan is in must-win mode if it wants to play in a bowl game and avoid a third losing season in seven years. What better remedy could there be than to play Indiana, who allowed Michigan its best offensive performance of the season a year ago? Could that happen again? Let’s take a look at how the teams match up.
|Indiana Statistics & Michigan Comparison|
|Indiana | Michigan||Rank||Defense||Rank|
|Points Per Game||30.1 | 20.4||64 | 110
||34.9 | 23.1||105 | 44|
|Rushing Yards||2,029| 1,210||1,181 | 874|
|Rush Avg. Per Game||289.9 | 151.2||8 | 74||168.7 | 109.2||73 | 16|
|Avg. Per Rush||6.4 | 4.4
||4.5 | 3.1|
|Passing Yards||1,193 | 1,356||1,983 | 1,679|
|Pass Avg. Per Game||170.4 | 169.5||112 | 114||283.3 | 209.9||111 | 41|
|Total Offense||3,222 | 2,566||3,164 | 2,553|
|Total Off Avg. Per Game||460.3 | 320.8||32 | 115||452.0 | 319.1||100 | 14|
|Kick Return Average||18.2 | 19.1||116 | 96||19.1 | 19.9||33 | 51
|Punt Return Average||6.6 | 6.2||82 | 89||5.2 | 11.8||T36 | 109
|Avg. Time of Possession||28:21 | 30:05||95 | 62
||31:39 | 29:55
|3rd Down Conversion Pct||36.0% | 41.0%||103 | 60
||37.0% | 38.0%||43 | 50|
|Sacks Allowed-Yards/By-Yards||13-73 | 17-109
||51 | T76
||14-93 | 19-158
||T68 | T48
|Touchdowns Scored||28 | 19
||30 | 21
|Field Goals-Attempts||5-9 | 9-13
||12-14 | 13-15
|Red Zone Scores||(18-23)78%|(17-19)89%||T98 | 22
||(25-25)100%|(23-26)88%||T123 | 101|
|Red Zone Touchdowns||(15-23)65%|(14-19)74%||(17-25)68%|(14-26)54%|
|Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI)||.181 | -.126
||42 | 74||.615 | -.207||119 | 44|
Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson had the Hoosiers trending upward heading into this season. But quarterback transfers and injuries have decimated the once powerful offense leaving true freshman Zander Diamont to be thrown to the wolves midseason. Diamont went 5-of-15 for 11 yards in his first collegiate action in a 56-17 loss to Michigan State two weeks ago. When he starts at Michigan this Saturday, it will be his first time playing in an opponent’s stadium.
The Hoosiers offense has certainly taken a step back from a year ago, but is still much better than Michigan’s thanks to a run game that ranks eighth nationally, averaging 289.9 yards per game. Running back Tevin Coleman is currently the nation’s leading rusher, averaging 170.3 yards per game. As a team, Indiana has rushed for at least 200 yards in every game this season, over 300 yards three times, and over 400 yards once.
The passing game, however, is right on par with Michigan’s. The Hoosiers average 170.4 yards per game through the air, which ranks 112th nationally. Comparatively, Michigan averages 169.5 and ranks 114th. In four of seven games, IU has thrown for fewer than 130 yards, including the 11 yards against Michigan State two weeks ago. Michigan won’t hold Diamont to 11 passing yards this weekend, but with Sudfeld out the Hoosiers will stick to the ground game.
Defensively, Indiana is one of the nation’s worst like it usually has been under Wilson. The 34.9 points allowed per game ranks 105th. The only opponent Indiana has held below 24 points was FCS foe Indiana State, which scored 10. Three of seven opponents have scored at least 40 points.
Indiana is allowing 133 more total yards per game than Michigan (59.5 more rushing yards and 73.4 more passing yards). After holding Indiana State to 30 yards on 24 carries in Week 1, IU’s rush defense had been holding up pretty well until allowing Michigan State to rush for 330 yards and five touchdowns two weeks ago. The pass defense, however, has given up over 300 yards in four of seven games, including 395 to Bowling Green and 361 to Maryland.
The Hoosiers are also pretty solid with special teams defense, ranking 33rd on kickoff returns and 36th on punt returns compared to Michigan’s 51st and 109th. They aren’t as good the other way, however, ranking 116th in kick return yardage and 82nd on punt returns.
Indiana presents a great opportunity for Michigan to get back on the winning track, especially offensively. But as we saw last year, a record-breaking performance against Indiana doesn’t ensure continued success. This year it will just be one more step toward bowl eligibility.
|Nate Sudfeld (out)||101-167||1,151||6||3||191.8|
|Nate Sudfeld (QB – out)||36||98||2||17||2.7|
|Tevin Coleman (RB)||17||140||0||44||20.0|
|J-Shun Harris II||14||139||2||33||19.9|
|T.J. Simmons (LB)||24||19||43||2.5-6||1.0-4|
|David Cooper (LB)||17||18||35||1.0-3||0-0|
|Forisse Hardin (LB)||18||14||32||3.5-15||1.0-6|
|Nate Hoff (DT)||10||9||19||5.0-20||2.0-12|
|Bobby Richardson (DT)||14||3||17||4.5-35||4.0-33|
|Kicking||FG Made||FG Att||Long||XP Made||XP Att|
|Aaron Del Grosso||1||4||23||12||12|
Stay tuned for more on Indiana in the coming days.