Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. ET (BTN)
If ever there was an example of what not to do in a college football overtime game, it was what Michigan put on tape last weekend.
However, this week, the Hoosiers of Indiana come to the Big House, and expecting an overtime game is a bit much considering these two teams.
The good news for Michigan is that its best offensive lineman, Taylor Lewan, is likely to play after having a "hip issue" late in the Penn State game last week.
The other good news? Michigan's offensive line is going up against one of the worst defensive lines in the Big Ten and that means Brady Hoke and Al Borges may try out some new combinations in search of something that will spark the running game.
Speaking of the running game, that is the area that worries me most against Michigan's defense, as people continue to sleep on Tevin Coleman and the Hoosiers run game as a whole. They average 172 yards a game as a team, and Coleman averages just over 92 yards a game on his own—not bad for a "pass first" team, huh?
But I'm sure being slept on in the run game is just fine by Kevin Wilson, who continues to use that to his advantage. Just ask Michigan State last weekend, who saw Coleman go 64 yards untouched for a touchdown last week.
There is a reason this game's spread is as close as it is as we sit here on Wednesday, and for me, it could be even closer than that.
Ultimately, it comes down to which defense is better and can get a stop when needed, and I trust Michigan's defense just a bit more, especially with Jake Ryan back.
Prediction: Michigan 31, Indiana 28