A Tale of Two Teams
Michigan, the No. 4-ranked team in the AP Poll, has gotten off to a blazing start. The Wolverines are 5-0, sitting tied for first in the Big Ten East with a 2-0 conference record, having defeated Iowa and Maryland.
Indiana has had a different path. While the Hoosiers started 3-0, they have dropped their past two games. The Hoosiers’ 23-20 season-opener win over Illinois has kept them from going winless in the conference, instead putting them tied for fourth in the Big Ten Eastern Division with a 1-1 conference record after falling to Nebraska.
With Michigan undefeated, the Wolverines have the second-best chance to win the Big Ten at +475 odds. Indiana, struggling, is tied for the 11th-best odds at +25000.
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Michigan’s Demanding Defense
While Michigan has one of the best offenses in the Big Ten, its defense is also thriving.
The Wolverines’ defense is in the top five in the conference in all major categories, playing a key role in Michigan’s undefeated record.
While Michigan has allowed opponents to gain 252 yards a game, fourth in the Big Ten, its passing defense is third, allowing 157.8 yards a game. Its rushing defense is also top five, with their 94.2 rush yards allowed a game fifth in the conference.
The defense has also done a good job at getting to opposing quarterbacks. The Wolverines have 15 sacks, second in the Big Ten. In their past two games, the Wolverines have sacked quarterbacks seven times.
The combined forces of Michigan’s strong total defense and ability to get to the quarterback have kept its opponents from getting on the scoreboard, as the Wolverines have allowed opponents to score 11.6 points a game, good for fourth in the Big Ten.
Michigan’s strong defense and explosive offense should continue to bring the Wolverines success.
Indiana’s Descending Defense
As Michigan’s defense has been a strong point for the Wolverines, Indiana’s defense has struggled.
While Michigan dominates the top of the Big Ten defensive rankings, the Hoosiers fall near the bottom. Indiana is in the bottom two in total yards allowed a game, allowing opponents to put up 423 yards a game.
After struggling to stop opposing offenses in their last two games, allowing teams to score a combined 80 points, the Hoosiers are also in the bottom two in points allowed, with opponents scoring 30.4 points a game.
Though Indiana is third in the Big Ten in sacks, recording 14 through its first five games, its rushing and passing defense remain in the bottom three in both categories, with the passing defense ranked last.
Against a strong Michigan offense, Indiana’s defense will need to see improvement to stay in the game.
Michigan vs Indiana Injury Report
Tight end Erick All and offensive lineman Karsen Barnhart are questionable for Michigan. Quarterback Cade McNamara and linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green are out indefinitely.
For Indiana, wide receivers Cam Camper and DJ Matthews are questionable, while wide receivers David Baker and Jaquez Smith and tight end Ryan Miller are all out indefinitely.
Michigan vs Indiana Head-to-Head
Michigan and Indiana have played 70 times, with the Wolverines leading the series 60-10. In 2020, the Hoosiers defeated the Wolverines 21-17, snapping a 24-game win streak for Michigan in the series. However, Michigan won the most recent game in 2021, downing the Hoosiers 29-7.
Michigan vs Indiana Game Information
- Game: Michigan vs Indiana
- Location: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 8th, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Michigan vs Indiana Live Stream: ESPN
Michigan vs Indiana Betting Lines
Michigan vs Indiana Prediction
The Wolverines are heavily favored, with their offense, averaging 45.4 points a game, ranked second in the Big Ten.
Indiana, meanwhile, has struggled as of late. It’s scoring and total offense are in the bottom four in the conference, with the Hoosiers averaging 27.2 points and 384 yards a game.
While Michigan has a strong defense to go along with its offense, Indiana does not. The Hoosiers will have a hard time stopping Michigan’s top offense, leaving the Wolverines to cover.