No. 3 Michigan vs. Indiana
The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan vs. Indiana:
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 31, Indiana 14
Am I the only one who feels like Michigan last played three weeks ago? This week has draaaagged on, yet here we are predicting once again. I’m pretty confident that Michigan will beat Indiana. I’d be more confident if Michigan was 10-0, and even more so if I knew what in the world happened on offense last weekend. Finally, I’d be fully confident if anyone other than Adam Biggers knew what was going on with Wilton Speight. Nonetheless, Michigan is much better than Indiana. Whether it be Speight, John O’Korn or even Shane Morris, Michigan should handle the Hoosiers.
Michigan will be alright because of two reasons: 1) The defense is still very good, in fact, still one of the best in the nation. 2) There is NO way Jim Harbaugh allows his Wolverines to lose in the last home home game of the season, let alone on senior day.
I look forward to attending the Big House one final time this season. The atmosphere in Ann Arbor has been more electric than I can ever remember, and I’m sure fans will be even more fired up on Saturday. Time to bounce back, Michigan.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 30, Indiana 20
Wilton Speight will more than likely be out for this game, so I could see this actually being a close one.
Indiana has been sneaky good this season. The Hoosiers only lost by five points to Nebraska and nearly beat Penn State last week. Indiana has given Michigan some trouble in recent memory, so I don’t expect that to be halted here, especially with a new starting quarterback for Michigan.
Here’s the thing; I love John O’Korn. I advocated for him before the season started, so I am eager to see what he brings to the table for the Wolverines. But I have my worries this late in the season. I believe O’Korn can lead the Wolverines to a victory against Indiana, but it could be a close game.
Maybe I’m still having some PTSD flashbacks to last weekend in Iowa City, and maybe my colleagues will predict a blowout, but Michigan beating a pretty good Indiana team by 10 points without Speight isn’t a bad thing. At the end of the day, a win is a win. I don’t care if O’Korn and the Wolverines win by 10 or 100. Get the victory and move on.
Kate Elizabeth Queram – @KateElizabethNR
Michigan 35, Indiana 12
I have a lot of question marks heading into this game. Things like, “Who will be our quarterback REALLY?” and “Why does the Hawkeyes mascot look like an angry bee?” and “Why can’t we have nice things?” and “WTF Penn State?” and “Who, really, is this team?” The Michigan that showed up – or didn’t – in Iowa last week is not the Michigan we’ve watched all season, and if that team shows up Saturday, I have concerns about its ability to win against Indiana. Indiana isn’t good, but they’re weird and spoiler-y, and you sleep on them at your peril. I’m choosing to believe that Michigan regroups and gets it together and is who we suspected – or hoped – they were before last week. (And if I’m wrong or this otherwise doesn’t make sense, please know I’m hopped up on cold medicine. Oooh, look. A bird.)
Kullen Logsdon – @kullen_logsdon
Michigan 35, Indiana 14
Michigan showed last week it is not a perfect team. In its 14-13 defeat against Iowa, the Wolverines showed weaknesses on offense and defending the run. It was a tough pill to swallow, but I’m hopeful it brings out a new fire in this team and helps them correct these flaws now rather than later.
John O’Korn looks like he will start at quarterback after Wilton Speights injury on the last play of the game. O’Korn brings a lot of experience with him for a backup and a different style than Speight. O’Korn can run and is more of a gunslinger than a traditional pocket passer.
I see O’Korn struggling at first, but finding his groove in the second half. I think his running ability can really open up the offense and will help Michigan run away in the fourth quarter.
This game is crucial for not only the playoff chances, but it’s a warmup for the real monster next week.
Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 37, Indiana 21
I am glad this game is at home. Michigan will be starting John O’Korn on Saturday due to a undisclosed injury to Wilton Speight. Being in the Big House should provide some comfort and confidence for O’Korn to go out and play great football. He was actually my preseason pick as the week 1 starter because of his mobility. His ability to move will cause the Hoosiers to add one more player to account for in the Michigan offense. He does have a strong arm and his passes just seem to zip across the field. The only thing that worries me about him is the “high risk, high reward” throws he occasionally makes. If he takes care of the football like Speight does, then Michigan will be just fine this week. I do look for Kenny Allen to be active in the kicking game early, due to some stalled drives by a little nervousness on O’Korn’s part. The offense line has to step up big time and give its new signal caller lots of protection and to help generate room for the backs to run. The rushing attack of the Wolverines needs to be effective early to create down the field passing opportunities.
Indiana is a team that can score, but they also give up 28 points a game. Michigan’s defense must play aggressive and make great open field tackles. The Hoosiers quarterback has thrown 13 interceptions so far this year, so the great Michigan secondary will have chances to add to that statistic. The defense must do a better job stopping the run than what it did last week vs Iowa. This team will be more focused on its opponent this week because I am sure the coaching staff have preached this all week in practices. No looking ahead and no trap game discussions.
I just finished watching Bo Schembechler’s speech “The Team, The Team, The Team” and feeling inspired that if Michigan comes out and plays great as a team (all 3 phases of game), in the end it will be Michigan on top!
Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 21, Indiana 6
Earlier in the preseason I predicted this game to be the trap game. I thought a victory would happen at Iowa and Michigan would be looking ahead for the big showdown next weekend. IU would be overlooked and maybe Kevin Wilsons team would put a scare in the hearts of Wolverines everywhere. But Iowa had to ruin those plans and now Michigan is possibly without starting QB Wilton Speight with a broken collarbone. He is listed as a game time decision. So there is some fear already for this game, and not to mention IU’s defense is dramatically improved from recent years and is getting better every weekend. Luckily for Michigan, Kevin Wilson’s offense is not up to par with his high standards.
I personally expect this to be a lower scoring game. It’s supposed to be wet and cold so don’t expect much through the air with John O’Korn. Michigan should be able to wear down IU’s front and Michigan should have successful stopping IU’s attack. Get ready for a slopfest and a low scoring Michigan victory.
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It’s senior day at the Big House too and probably Jabrill Pepper’s last home game as well. This senior class has been through a lot of adversity so their work should be celebrated. Hopefully everyone comes ready to play and then we can FINALLY all look forward to next weeks YUUUUUUGE showdown in C-bus